IRISH-BREDS GOING GLOBAL & QUATTROELLE HEAD FIELD OF NINE SOPHOMORE FILLIES IN SATURDAY’S $100,000 CHINA DOLL STAKES AT ONE MILE ON TURF
CHINA DOLL IS FIRST OF 11 RACES ON SANTA ANITA HANDICAP DAY CARD; FIRST POST AT 12 NOON
ARCADIA, Calif. (March 4, 2021)–In what will serve as a keynote address on a blockbuster 11-race program Santa Anita Handicap Day, this Saturday, a pair of Irish-bred fillies, Phil D’Amato’s Going Global and Jeff Mullins’ Quattroelle headline a field of nine sophomore fillies going one mile on turf in the day’s first race, the $100,000 China Doll Stakes.
In a field steeped with young fillies who’ve exhibited ample potential, two recent maiden winners, Richard Mandella’s Golden and Sean McCarthy’s Bleu Ballon also merit serious consideration.
Idle since Nov. 11 in her native Ireland, Going Global made her U.S. debut going six furlongs on turf in the Grade III Sweet Life Stakes and was ultra impressive, rallying to win by a half length under Flavien Prat. Unhurried while about six lengths off the lead at the half mile pole, Going Global showed tremendous acceleration as she saved ground at the rail around the turn and then unleashed a furious stretch rally.
“I think the sky is the limit for this filly,” said D’Amato following the race. “Flavien hinted that she could definitely use some more ground, so we’ll definitely look at the two turn schedule here and go from there.”
Owned by CYBT, Michael Dubb, Saul Gervertz, Michael Nentwig and Ray Pagano, Going Global has two wins from five starts and will be ridden back by Prat as she tries two turns for the first time.
With three solid performances at one mile on turf to her credit, Quattroelle figures to be extremely tough to beat under regular rider Tyler Baze. A close third in her seven furlong turf debut in Ireland Aug. 13, she rolled to an impressive 1 ½ length win from off the pace in her one mile turf U.S. debut here on Oct. 3 and followed that with a much troubled third place finish in the Grade III Jimmy Durante Stakes at a mile on grass Nov. 28.
Off at 3-1 in the mile turf Blue Norther Stakes here on Dec. 31, Quattroelle showed an impressive turn of foot the final three sixteenths of mile to win going away by three quarters of a length.
“She ran great and we weren’t surprised,” said Mullins. “She got knocked sideways real bad last time at Del Mar and she should’ve won. She’s a real hard trying filly and she’s done everything we’ve asked her.”
Owned by Red Baron’s Barn and Rancho Temescal, Quattroelle, in what will be her fourth consecutive start at one mile on turf, has two wins and as many thirds from four starts.
Owned and bred in Kentucky by Stepaside Farm, LLC, Bleu Ballon could be the speed of the race with hot apprentice Jessica Pyfer at the controls. Ridden by Pyfer in both of her six furlong turf starts, she was a solid second first time out and comes off a stirring gate to wire maiden win on Feb. 7, a race in which prevailed by 2 ¾ lengths in a field of 11. A filly by the War Front stallion Air Force Blue, she’s out of the Giant’s Causeway mare Entrechat.
THE CHINA DOLL STAKES WITH JOCKEYS, WEIGHTS & MORNING LINE IN POST POSITION ORDER
Race 1 of 11 Approximate post time 12 noon PT
- Absolute Scenes–John Velazquez–120 (15-1)
- Sweetest Angel–Juan Hernandez–120 (12-1)
- Golden–Florent Geroux–120 (5-1)
- Bleu Ballon–Jessica Pyfer–120 (4-1)
- Going Global–Flavien Prat–120 (3-1)
- Ivy League–Joel Rosario–120 (6-1)
- Closing Remarks–Umberto Rispoli–124 (12-1)
- Quattroelle–Tyler Baze–124 (7-2)
- Carpe Fortuna–Mario Gutierrez–120 (8-1)
Special early first post time for an 11-race card that will include the Grade I Santa Anita Handicap, the Grade I Frank E. Kilroe Mile, the Grade II San Felipe Stakes and the Grade II San Carlos Stakes, is at 12 noon. All of Santa Anita’s races are offered free of charge at santaanita.com/live and fans can wager at 1st.com/bet. For additional information, please visit santaanita.com or call (626) 574-RACE.