From the Santa Anita Media Team:
Trainer Michael McCarthy has two new shooters and thus holds what appears to be a solid two-card hand in Sunday’s Grade III, $100,000 Robert J. Frankel as Rideforthecause and Altea bring solid credentials to a field of 10 fillies and mares going a mile and one eighth over the Santa Anita turf.
Most recently fourth, beaten 2 ¾ lengths as the 5-2 favorite in the Grade I E.P. Taylor Stakes going a mile and one quarter on turf at Woodbine, Rideforthecause, a 4-year-old Ontario-Canadian-bred daughter of Candy Ride, took the Grade II Canadian Stakes at 1 1/8 miles on turf Sept. 12 and brings a record of 11-4-0-1, good for earnings of $291,226 to the Frankel. A Sam-Son Farm homebred, she was formerly trained by Gail Cox and will make her first start for McCarthy while ridden by Umberto Rispoli.
Based in New York with Chad Brown through the month of October, Altea, a 5-year-old French-bred mare, is winless in seven starts this year, and has but two wins from 23 starts. However, she has amassed earnings of $290,664 from an overall mark of 23-2-8-4. In what will be her first start for McCarthy, she’ll be ridden by Abel Cedillo.
Eastern-based juggernaut Chad Brown also figures prominently as he’ll send out Irish-bred Miss Teheran, a lightly raced 4-year-old filly who will be ridden by Joel Rosario. Most recently fifth, beaten 1 ¼ lengths in an ungraded turf stakes going a mile and one sixteenth at Aqueduct Nov. 27, Miss Teheran, who was two for four as a juvenile in France, was unraced at three and will be making her third start this year in the Frankel.
Best suited from off the pace, Miss Teheran should handle the distance, as she shows a win going 1 3/16 miles on turf in her final French start on Dec. 5, 2018. With Rosario teaming with Brown, she should attract plenty of pari-mutuel attention.
George Krikorian’s California-bred Mucho Unusual, winner of the Grade I Rodeo Drive Stakes at a mile and one quarter on turf two starts back on Sept. 26, figures prominently as she tries to rebound from a 12th place finish in the Grade I Breeders’ Cup Filly & Mare Turf on Nov. 7.
Phil D’Amato’s consistent Zee Drop, second two starts back in the Grade II Goldikova Stakes here on Nov. 28, and Hall of Famer Ron McAnally’s homebred She’s Our Charm, beaten four lengths in the Grade I Matriarch going one mile on turf at Del Mar Nov. 29, also rate solid chances on Sunday.
Named in honor of the late Hall of Fame trainer who passed away at age 68 in 2009, Bobby Frankel was a five-time leading Winter/Spring trainer at Santa Anita and he remains the track’s all-time leader by races won with 917 and is third on the all-time stakes won list with 146. Frankel won the race’s precursor, the San Gorgonio Stakes, a record seven times.
THE GRADE III ROBERT J. FRANKEL STAKES WITH JOCKEYS & WEIGHTS IN POST POSITION ORDER
Race 9 of 10 Approximate post time 3:30 p.m. PT
- Rideforthecause–Umberto Rispoli–125
- She’s Our Charm–Juan Hernandez–121
- Never Be Enough–Tiago Pereira–123
- Miss Teheran–Joel Rosario–121
- Altea–Abel Cedillo–121
- Meal Ticket–Tyler Baze–121
- Colonial Creed–Mario Gutierrez–121
- Posh Holly–Alexis Centeno–121
- Zee Drop–Flavien Prat–121
- Mucho Unusual–John Velazquez–125
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