Moccasin Winner Steps Into Graded Company Sunday; Bayakoa Winner Ellafitz Heads Field In Paseana

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Posted 01.13.12 at 8:55

Rafael Bejarano guides Made to Love Her to victory in the Moccasin Stakes. © Benoit Photo

INGLEWOOD, Calif. (January 13, 2012)—Moccasin Stakes winner Made to Love Her will make her graded debut in the $150,000 Santa Ynez Stakes Sunday at Santa Anita.

A Grade II for 3-year-old fillies at 6 ½ furlongs, the Santa Ynez is the fourth of nine races. Post time Sunday is 12:30 p.m. Track gates at Hollywood Park will open at 10:15 a.m. for simulcasts.

Owned by Copper Penny Stables and trained by Jim Kasparoff, Made to Love Her won the Moccasin by four lengths Nov. 20 at Hollywood Park less than a month after a narrow maiden victory at Santa Anita. The daughter of Stevie Wonderboy and the Storm Boot mare Love Boot has won two of six and earned $113,960.

The field of six also includes Reneesgotzip, an impressive first out winner over Cushion Track Dec. 18. The effort by the City Zip filly was flattered when runner-up Eden’s Moon came back to capture her next start by more than 11 lengths.

From inside out, the field for the Santa Ynez; Made to Love Her, Rafael Bejarano rides, 118 pounds; Reneesgotzip, Corey Nakatani, 118; Rowdy Gal, Joel Rosario, 118; Painted Woman, Mike Smith, 118; Lady Hokulea, Joe Talamo, 118 and Candrea, Martin Garcia, 118.

The card also includes the $75,000 Paseana Handicap, an ungraded event for older fillies and mares at 1 1/16 miles.

Headlining the field of six is Ellafitz, an easy gate-to-wire winner of the Grade II Bayakoa Handicap Dec. 4 at Hollywood Park. Trained by Hall of Famer Bob Baffert for D & E Racing LLC, Ellafitz, a 5-year-old Tiznow mare, has won four of 12 and banked $230,857.

From inside out, the field for the Paseana: Downhill Diva, Brice Blanc rides, 117 pounds; Spirit Seeker, Joe Talamo, 113; Fashion Trend, David Flores, 115; Kayce Ace, Rafael Bejarano, 116; Ellafitz, Martin Garcia, 121; Vision in Gold, Joel Rosario, 121 and Briecat, Victor Espinoza, 121.

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