Faiza For Fun In the Santa Anita Oaks

Michael Lund Petersen’s FAIZA (f, 3, Girvin–Sweet Pistol, by Smart Strike) was never really asked for a full effort by Flavien Prat in extending her unbeaten streak to five with a facile success in Saturday’s GII Santa Anita Oaks at the Great Race Place. Beaten for speed and content to sit wide off a longshot front-runner, the $90,000 Fasig-Tipton July yearling turned $725,000 Fasig-Tipton Midlantic breezer was patiently handled down the backstretch before making a run towards the front on the turn. Dueling briefly with Clearly Unhinged (Into Mischief) into the stretch, Faiza put the race to bed within a few strides, scampering clear to win as much the best. And Tell Me Nolies (Arrogate) ran on for second ahead of Window Shopping (American Pharoah) in third. Clearly Unhinged faded to fourth. Faiza remains under the care of Bob Baffert, making her ineligible for a start in the GI Kentucky Oaks. Sales history: $90,000 Ylg ’21 FTKJUL; $725,000 2yo ’22 FTMMAY. O-Michael Lund Petersen; B-Brereton C Jones (KY); T-Bob Baffert.

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