Oxy Lady look­ing like real deal

Daily Racing Form National Digital Edition - - News - By Steve An­der­sen – ad­di­tional re­port­ing by Jay Priv­man

CY­PRESS, Calif. – Oxy Lady ar­rived at Los Alamitos last week­end for Satur­day’s Grade 1 Star­let Stakes via a cir­cuitous route that in­cluded races in In­di­ana, Ohio, and Ken­tucky prior to a sur­prise stakes win at Aque­duct on Nov. 2.

In the $300,000 Star­let Stakes for 2-year-old fil­lies at 1 1/16 miles, Oxy Lady has a chance to show she be­longs in the con­ver­sa­tion re­gard­ing the top prospects for the 2019 sea­son.

“She’s very much on the up­swing,” trainer Jack Sis­ter­son said on Wed­nes­day from his base at Keeneland.

“From the day we breezed her a quar­ter-mile, she’s im­proved in ev­ery work and ev­ery race.”

Oxy Lady, owned and bred by Calumet Farm, won a maiden race at Bel­terra Park in Septem­ber in her sec­ond start and was third by a head in an op­tional claimer at Keeneland on Oct. 10.

Fol­low­ing that race, Sis­ter­son added blink­ers, on the ad­vice of two jock­eys and an ex­er­cise rider who had rid­den the filly. Oxy Lady had her stakes de­but in the Grade 3 Tempted Stakes at a mile at Aque­duct on Nov. 2 and closed from fourth in the fog to win by five lengths at 36-1.

“Peo­ple might think the Tempted was a fluke, but she’s run her race ev­ery time,” Sis­ter­son said. “The ad­di­tion of blink­ers re­ally moved her for­ward.”

Sis­ter­son, 34, is a former as­sis­tant to Cal­i­for­nia-based trainer Doug O’Neill, and has worked for Calumet since the spring. The Tempted Stakes is Sis­ter­son’s most pres­ti­gious win this year.

The Star­let Stakes has six prob­a­ble starters. Oxy Lady was sup­ple­mented for $10,000, along with two fil­lies by O’Neill – Sold It and Enaya Alrabb.

Vi­brance, third in the Breed­ers’ Cup Ju­ve­nile Fil­lies at Churchill Downs on Nov. 2, and the stakes win­ners Mother Mother and Chas­ing Yes­ter­day are three other con­tenders. Mother Mother, who won the Rags to Riches Stakes at a mile at Churchill Downs on Oct. 28, and Chas­ing Yes­ter­day, the win­ner of the Desi Ar­naz Stakes go­ing seven fur­longs at Del Mar on Nov. 12, are trained by Bob Baf­fert.

Im­prob­a­ble, un­beaten in two starts, both for Baf­fert, heads the list of prob­a­ble starters for the Los Alamitos Futurity, also on Satur­day at 1 1/16 miles. Im­prob­a­ble won the one-mile Street Sense Stakes by 7 1/4 lengths at Churchill Downs on Nov. 2 in his stakes de­but.

Other ex­pected run­ners are Duel­ing, Ex­tra Hope, King of Speed, and Mu­cho Gusto.

Trainer Jerry Hol­len­dor­fer said on Wed­nes­day that Gun­metal Gray, fifth in the BC Ju­ve­nile on Nov. 2, will not start at Los Alamitos and will be pointed for the Grade 3 Sham Stakes at a mile at Santa Anita on Jan. 5.

Owner Joseph Scardino dies

Joseph Scardino, a long­time horse owner who achieved his great­est suc­cess with 2016 Breed­ers’ Cup Turf Sprint win­ner Ob­vi­ously, died on Sun­day. He was 86.

Scardino owned Ob­vi­ously in part­ner­ship with An­thony Fan­ti­cola, who de­scribed Scardino as “a real horse­man.”

“He loved horses,” Fan­ti­cola said. “He treated them well. He was the brains be­hind the out­fit. He was my part­ner and best friend. He was like my brother. I’m go­ing to miss him.”

Scardino – who lived and raced in South­ern Cal­i­for­nia – owned horses for sev­eral decades, and had numer­ous stakes win­ners with Fan­ti­cola, in­clud­ing the Grade 2-win­ning grass fe­males Fan­ti­cola and At­tima, and Hol­ly­wood Oaks win­ner Potesta. He was a long­time client of the late trainer Mike Mitchell, then had horses with Mitchell’s former as­sis­tant Phil D’Amato, who trained Ob­vi­ously.

He also had the mul­ti­ple graded stakes win­ners Sil­ver Cir­cus with trainer Julio Canani, and Bruho with trainer Jerry Fan­ning, both of whom Scardino ac­quired via claims.

Scardino is sur­vived by his son, Frank, daugh­ter, An­gela Gates, and four grand­chil­dren.

Ser­vices for Scardino will be held on Mon­day at St. Dorothy Catholic Church, 241 S. Val­ley Cen­ter Ave., in Glen­dora, Calif., at 10:30 a.m., Fan­ti­cola said.

CHELSEA DU­RAND/NYRA

Grade 3 Tempted win­ner Oxy Lady will get her first Grade 1 test in Satur­day’s Star­let Stakes.

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