Submitted by Jerry Antonucci on Friday, October 4, 2013 at 12:00 AM
IRISH-BRED CLENOR WILL TRY TO ‘HANG TEN’ IN SUNDAY’S $100,000 SURFER GIRL STAKES FOR 2-YEAR-OLD FILLIES GOING MILE ON TURF AT SANTA ANITA
FIELD OF TEN SET TO CONTEST POPULAR FEATURE INITIATED LAST YEAR
ARCADIA, Calif. -- Irish-bred Clenor, an impressive winner of two stateside starts at Del Mar, will try to “Hang Ten” versus nine rivals in Sunday’s $100,000 Surfer Girl Stakes going one mile on turf at Santa Anita.
Trained by Doug O’Neill, Clenor started three times in her native Ireland earlier this year and broke her maiden in her U.S. debut Aug. 7, winning a one mile turf maiden special weight by 2 ½ lengths at odds of 4-5. Rallying from far off the pace, she came back to win the $100,000 Juvenile Fillies Turf on Sept. 2 by 3 ¼ lengths, again as the 4-5 favorite.
Owned by Great Friends Stable, Robert Cseplo or Steven Keh, Clenor will again get the services of Rafael Bejarano and figures to be a short priced favorite from well off the pace.
A daughter of the Danehill stallion Oratorio, Clenor has earnings of $112,799 from five starts.
O’Neill will also saddle lightly raced South Sound. A first-out maiden special weight winner going five furlongs on June 14 at Betfair Hollywood Park, she was then seventh, beaten 13 ½ lengths by the highly regarded She’s a Tiger in the $150,000 Landaluce Stakes on July 13.
Owned by Reddam Racing LLC, South Sound will try two turns and turf for the first time under regular pilot Mario Gutierrez.
Frontrunning Nesso, second to Clenor in Del Mar’s Juvenile Fillies Turf, will hope to ration her speed and try to hold off the late charge of the favorite on Sunday. Claimed out of a maiden $25,000 debut at Calder June 21, she was transferred to trainer Vann Belvoir for her second start at Del Mar.
A Florida-bred by Roman Ruler and owned by Amaty Racing Stables, Nesso will be again be ridden by Martin Garcia.
Third, beaten five lengths by Clenor in Del Mar’s Juvenile Fillies Turf, Pleasant Miss encountered significant traffic trouble going to the far turn and could improve her position with a clean trip in the Surfer Girl.
A consistent Kentucky-bred filly by Pleasantly Perfect, the Jerry Hollendorfer-trained Pleasant Miss has a win, two seconds and two thirds from five starts. She figures to be forwardly placed Sunday under new rider Edwin Maldonado and will break from post two.
Owned by Halo Farms, Hollendorfer or Mark Randall and Three Sisters Thoroughbreds, Pleasant Miss ranks second in Surfer Girl money-won, with $80,000 in earnings.
The complete field for the second running of the Surfer Girl, to be run as the seventh an a nine-race card Sunday, with jockeys and weights in post position order: South Bound, Mario Gutierrez, 118; Pleasant Miss, Edwin Maldonado, 118; Clenor, Rafael Bejarano, 122; Miss Lafayette, Corey Nakatani, 120; Feature Attraction, Alberto Delgado, 118; Tiz the Key, Julien Leparoux, 118; Miss Machiavelli, Victor Espinoza, 120; Colonel Joan, Garrett Gomez, 118; Nesso, Martin Garcia, 118, and Come On Alannah, Kayla Stra, 118.
First post time on Sunday is 1 p.m.