CHANDELIER IS ONE OF FIVE BREEDERS’ CUP ‘WIN & YOU’RE IN’ CHALLENGE STAKES
ARCADIA, Calif. (Sept. 28, 2016)—Separated by just a nose when last they met, American Cleopatra, a full sister to 2015 Triple Crown winner American Pharoah, will renew acquaintances with Champagne Room in Saturday’s Grade I, $300,000 Chandelier Stakes for 2-year-old fillies going 1 1/16 miles at Santa Anita. The final major steppingstone to the $2 million Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies at Santa Anita on Nov. 5, the Chandelier attracted a wide open field of 12 on Saturday.
AMERICAN CLEOPATRA: Like American Pharoah, she’s a Zayat Stables homebred and is also trained by Bob Baffert. An impressive two length maiden special weight winner under Stewart Elliott going 5 ½ furlongs on July 31, she was second as the 8-5 favorite with Rafael Bejarano in the Grade I, seven furlong Del Mar Debutante Sept. 3, finishing a nose in front of Champagne Room. She’ll be reunited with Elliott on Saturday as she tackles two turns for the first time in her third career start.
CHAMPAGNE ROOM: Trained by Peter Eurton and owned by Sharon Alesia, Ciaglia Racing, LLC or Exline-Border, LLC and partners, this Kentucky-bred daughter of Broken Vow broke her maiden in the Grade II, 6 ½ furlong Sorrento Stakes two starts back with Mario Gutierrez up, who has ridden her in all three career starts. She’ll go a route of ground for the first time Saturday with Mike Smith at the controls.
THE GRADE I CHANDELIER STAKES IN POST POSITION ORDER WITH JOCKEYS & WEIGHTS
Race 10 (of 11) Approximate post time 5 p.m. PST
1. With Honors—Flavien Prat—122 2. Noted and Quoted—Rafael Bejarano—122 3. Champagne Room—Mike Smith—122 4. Zapperkat—Norberto Arroyo—122 5. American Cleopatra—Stewart Elliott—122 6. Bitzka—Tyler Baze—122 7. Datz a Violation—Martin Pedroza-122 8. Mistressofthenight—Kent Desormeaux—122 9. Princess Coco—Victor Espinoza—122 10. Lake Time—Gary Stevens—122 11. Nikki My Darling—Drayden Van Dyke—122 12. Demigoddess—Brandon Boulanger—122
First post time on Saturday is at 12:30 p.m. Admission gates open at 10:30 a.m. For scratches, late changes and complete morning line information, please visit santaanita.com