Constellation wins Santa Anita’s La Brea; Mind Your Biscuits, Sharp Azteca one-two in Malibu

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LNJ Foxwoods’ Constellation battled between horses for the early lead in Monday’s $301,035 La Brea Stakes (G1) at Santa Anita, fell back in the stretch and then came again late and got up to win by half a length. It’s the first graded stakes victory for the daughter of Bellamy Road, and her fourth stakes win in her last five starts. Now trained by Jerry Hollendorfer, she’s 8-5-1-1 and has earned $479,464. She turned in an Under Tack eighth in :9 4/5 before she was purchased for $800,000 out of the Northwest Stud consignment at the 2015 OBS March Sale.  watch her under tack video

 

Mind Your Biscuits and jockey Joel Rosario, right, outleg Sharp Azteca (Edgard Zayas), left, to win the Grade I, $300,000 Malibu Stakes, Monday, December 26, 2016 at Santa Anita Park, Arcadia CA. © BENOIT PHOTO

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J Stables, Head of Plains Partners LLC, Summer, Summers, Kisber and Summers’ Mind Your Biscuits sat off the pace in the early going of Santa Anita’s $301,380 Malibu Stakes (G1), then rallied to catch fellow OBS graduate Sharp Azteca (April ’15, August ’14)  in deep stretch and beat him by a half length. It’s the second graded stakes victory for the 3-year-old colt by Posse, who scored in Saratoga’s Amsterdam Stakes (G2) in July. Trained by Robert Falcone, Jr., he’s now 13-4-4-3 and has earned $675,366 to date. Consigned by SBM Training and Sales, Agent, to the 2015 OBS April Sale, he turned in an eighth in :10 3/5 at the Under Tack Show.  watch his under tack video

Gainesway Stable’s Danzatrice took control of the $50,000 Tiffany Lass Stakes at Fair Grounds on Monday at the quarter pole and ran away from there, drawing off in the lane to a 7-1/4 length victory. It’s the second stakes win for the 4-year-old daughter of Dunkirk, trained by Steve Asmussen, now 9-5-1-1- with earnings of $227,865. She was sold for $105,000 by Grassroots Training & Sales LLC at the 2014 OBS April Sale after she turned in an eighth in :10 1/5 at the Under Tack Show. watch her under tack video