Chas­ing Yes­ter­day back to square one

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

AR­CA­DIA, Calif. – The re­set but­ton is be­ing hit with Chas­ing Yes­ter­day, the half-sis­ter to 2015 Triple Crown win­ner Amer­i­can Pharoah.

Af­ter a dis­ap­point­ing race six weeks ago at Saratoga, she tries to re­turn to the form that car­ried her to a dom­i­nat­ing vic­tory in her de­but when she heads a field of five Sun­day in the $75,000 Anoakia Stakes for 2-year-old fil­lies at Santa Anita.

Chas­ing Yes­ter­day will have a new rider, with Dray­den Van Dyke tak­ing over for Mike Smith, who opted to ride the im­pres­sive maiden win­ner It’ s just an il­lu­sion for trainer Jerry Hol­len­dor­fer.

It fig­ures to be close in the wa­ger­ing be­tween those two fil­lies, who stand out com­pared to their three ri­vals in the six­fur­long race.

Chas­ing Yes­ter­day drew the small field’s out­side post po­si­tion, sim­i­lar to where she drew for her maiden win at Del Mar. It’s im­por­tant, be­cause in the Spin­away at Saratoga she ended up be­tween horses early and slipped back far­ther when the spray of dirt hit her as she tried to keep up. She fin­ished sev­enth of 11 as the 8-5 fa­vorite.

“Per­fect draw,” her trainer, Bob Baf­fert, said Fri­day morn­ing at Santa Anita, adding that in the Spin­away, “she fell back and was eat­ing dirt, and she’d never been in that po­si­tion be­fore.”

“She might have been bet­ter off sit­ting back and mak­ing a run,” Baf­fert said.

Chas­ing Yes­ter­day, a daugh­ter of Tapit, has turned in a sharp se­ries of works since re­turn­ing from Saratoga.

“She’s been work­ing re­ally well,” Baf­fert said.

Al­though Chas­ing Yes­ter­day won first time out go­ing 5 1/2 fur­longs, Baf­fert thinks she will be bet­ter with more dis­tance.

It’ s just an il­lu­sion, a daugh­ter of Un­cle Mo, ran to no­tices in her lone start, pow­er­ing to a 2 3/4-length vic­tory go­ing six fur­longs at Santa Anita on Sept. 30.

And you shall re­ceive, Mar­razano, and Watch Me Burn round out the field.

The Anoakia goes as race 5 on a nine-race card that be­gins at 12:30 p.m. Pa­cific.


Chas­ing Yes­ter­day, by Tapit Bey­ers: 60-86

◗ Her de­but fig is the best of any­one in the field.

◗ She was bred and is owned by the Sum­mer Wind Equine of Jane Lyon.

It’ s just an il­lu­sion, by Un­cle Mo Beyer: 80

◗ She, too, is a home­bred, for Tom and Debi Stull’s Tommy Town Thor­ough­breds.

Watch Me Burn, by Hold Me Back Last 3 Bey­ers: 52-67-58

◗ The most ex­pe­ri­enced horse in the field, with five starts, she should ben­e­fit from some class relief, hav­ing chased di­vi­sional leader Bel­la­fina in the Grade 1 Del Mar Debu­tante last time out.

And you shall re­ceive, by Fed Biz Beyer: 62

◗ She got only a mod­er­ate fig in her lone start, but she over­came a rough start to rally for the win, and would ben­e­fit if the pace is con­tested.

Mar­razano, by Ver­razano Bey­ers: 71-48

◗ She was wide in a turf sprint first time out, then switched to dirt and pre­vailed.

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