Par­adise Woods to La Brea

Daily Racing Form National Digital Edition - - News - By Jay Priv­man

DEL MAR, Calif. – Par­adise Woods, who fin­ished third in the Breed­ers’ Cup Distaff last week, will turn back to seven fur­longs for the La Brea Stakes on open­ing day of Santa Anita’s win­ter meet­ing Dec. 26, trainer Richard Man­della said Thurs­day.

Par­adise Woods has made her last five starts around two turns, in­clud­ing Grade 1 vic­to­ries in the Santa Anita Oaks and Zeny­atta. She owns a win and a sec­ond sprint­ing, both in maiden com­pany. The al­lure of a Grade 1 race makes the La Brea, re­stricted to 3-year-old fil­lies, an at­trac­tive spot for a horse who has made only three starts since the Ken­tucky Oaks.

“She came out of the Distaff great,” Man­della said at his Del Mar barn. “We’re go­ing to point for the La Brea be­cause it’s a Grade 1, seven-eighths, ought to be a nice race for her.”

Man­della is one of the few train­ers who re­lo­cates his horses to Del Mar for the fall meet­ing. Most train­ers re­main at Santa Anita and ship their run­ners in. It has been aw­fully quiet around here the past few morn­ings af­ter the heady days of the Breed­ers’ Cup, and like many, the Man­della barn has said good­bye to some old friends while ready­ing some promis­ing new run­ners.

Avenge, Man­della’s top fe­male turf horse, was re­tired af­ter the Filly and Mare Turf on Satur­day. A two-time Grade 1 win­ner owned by Ra­mona Bass, Avenge is in quar­an­tine at Clai­borne Farm in Ken­tucky, where Man­della said she is be­ing read­ied for a trip to Eng­land and a date next spring with the sire Frankel.

“I think I’ll point the [foal] to­ward the Ep­som Derby since I haven’t had any luck with the Ken­tucky Derby,” Man­della joked.

Bass is the owner of Key­stone Field, a 2-year-old colt by Candy Ride. Man­della has him set to de­but go­ing six fur­longs on Satur­day in race 7. Key­stone Field is a $525,000 year­ling pur­chase.

“He’s all legs,” Man­della said. “He’s a pretty mover. I think he’ll be bet­ter when he goes long.”

Other prom­i­nent new­com­ers in race 7 in­clude Pitino, a Union Rags colt pur­chased this year for $950,000 who is trained by Doug O’Neill, and To­tally Boss, a Street Boss colt with some fast works on the tab at Keeneland and Del Mar for trainer Brian Lynch.

Moon­shine Mem­o­ries rest­ing

Moon­shine Mem­o­ries, beaten as the favorite in the Breed­ers’ Cup Ju­ve­nile Fil­lies last Satur­day, was on her way to Florida on Thurs­day for a 60-day fresh­en­ing at Bri­dle­wood Farm be­fore em­bark­ing on her 3-year-old cam­paign, trainer Si­mon Cal­laghan said.

“She came out of the race great,” Cal­laghan said. “We thought this would be a good op­por­tu­nity for her to go back to Bri­dle­wood, get some time off, eat some grass, relax. She’ll come back in just af­ter the first of the year.”

Moon­shine Mem­o­ries ac­com­plished a lot in 2 1/2 months. She won the Del Mar Debu­tante and the Chan­de­lier Stakes at Santa Anita, both Grade 1 races, be­fore fad­ing to sev­enth in the Ju­ve­nile Fil­lies while setting a hot pace along the in­side part of the track, which might not have been the best spot to be Satur­day.

Bri­dle­wood, owned by John Malone, owns Moon­shine Mem­o­ries with the Cool­more team of Der­rick Smith, Michael Ta­bor, and John Mag­nier.

Skye Di­a­monds to Santa Mon­ica

Skye Di­a­monds, fourth in the Breed­ers’ Cup Filly and Mare Sprint last week, will make her next start in late Jan­uary in the Santa Mon­ica, a sev­en­fur­long graded stakes race for older fe­male sprint­ers at Santa Anita, trainer Bill Spawr said Thurs­day.

Santa Anita has yet to re­lease its stakes sched­ule for the win­ter meet­ing, but the Santa Mon­ica usu­ally is run in late Jan­uary – it was run this year on Jan. 21 – and the tim­ing suits Spawr, who likes to space Skye Di­a­monds’s races.

“It’s seven fur­longs, and the tim­ing is good,” Spawr said. “And it’s back at her home base.”

Skye Di­a­monds had a pro­duc­tive 2017 cam­paign, with five wins in seven starts, in­clud­ing the Grade 2 Great Lady M. at Los Alami­tos and Grade 3 Ran­cho Bernardo at Del Mar. She was beaten 3 1/2 lengths in the Filly and Mare Sprint, whose first three spots were taken by horses 18-1 and higher.

“I thought she ran a real good race,” Spawr said.

“She beat four Grade 1 win­ners,” Spawr said, re­fer­ring to By the Moon, Con­stel­la­tion, Finest City, and Paulas­sil­ver­lin­ing.

◗ This meet goes by so fast that nom­i­na­tions for the eight graded stakes races to be run dur­ing clos­ing week Nov. 23-26 are due Satur­day. Those races in­clude two Grade 1 races, the Hol­ly­wood Derby for 3-yearolds on Nov. 25 and the Ma­tri­arch for fe­male grass run­ners on clos­ing day, Nov. 26.


Par­adise Woods, shown train­ing last month at Del Mar, was third in the Breed­ers’ Cup Distaff.

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