Hronis Racing LLC’s champion Stellar Wind is scheduled to arrive Tuesday afternoon from Southern California and will make her 5-year-old debut in Friday’s $ 600,000 Apple Blossom Handicap (G1). It will be her first race since finishing four in the Breeders’ Cup Distaff Nov. 4.
“We gave her a vacation after the Breeders’ Cup, and with Southern California having such a wet January and February – we were going to be pressed to have her ready for the Santa Margarita,” trainer John Sadler said. “The Apple Blossom is such a classic and prestigious race too.”
Stellar Wind recorded a 5F work at Santa Anita April 7 in 1:00.3 with regular exercise rider Jose Contreras up. Contreras, who will make the trip to Hot Springs, is also the brother of local jockey Luis Contreras. Victor Espinoza will be aboard the 3yo Champion filly on race day.
Sadler will also be sending Oaklawn Handicap contender Accelerate, Count Fleet contender Moe Candy and Northern Spur entrant Cistron on a Tex Sutton flight which will depart on Tuesday. The horses will train at Oaklawn Wednesday morning.
Multiple Oaklawn stakes winner Streamline completed major preparations for Friday’s $ 600,000 Apple Blossom Handicap (G1) by working a half-mile in :52.20 over a fast track Monday morning for trainer Brian Williamson.
The consistent and durable Streamline is coming off a one-length victory in the $ 350,000 Azeri Stakes (G2) March 18, the final major local prep for the 1 1/16-mile Apple Blossom.
Streamline was the only horse to run in all four of Oaklawn’s two-two stakes races for older fillies and mares last year, winning the $ 100,000 Pippin Stakes, finishing second in the $ 100,000 Bayakoa Stakes (G3), third in the Azeri and second in the Apple Blossom. Before winning the Azeri, Streamline ran third in this year’s Pippin and Bayakoa.
Williamson said there are no thoughts at this time of retiring Streamline, who races for his mother-in-law, Nancy Vanier, also the 5-year-old’s breeder, and Cartwright Thoroughbreds V LLC.
“We breed horses to own,” Williamson said. “We do have enough, but if she can make money next year and is sound, as long as she is OK, we might just go ahead run her another year as long as her performance doesn’t decline too much.”
Streamline, an Illinois-bred daughter of Straight Line has finished first, second or third in 16 of 17 career starts and earned $ 601,566.
Williamson and Vanier also campaigned Straight Line and Streamline’s dam, Love Handles.
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