The opening day of the Santa Anita Carnival saw SIR PRANCEALOT deliver on the World stage with his 1st Grade 1 winner . . . .
Lady Prancealot parlayed a perfect trip under a gutsy Joe Bravo ride to grab her first Grade I trophy. Unhurried early and unaffected by the jostling into the first bend, the bay revved up as she had two beaten heading for home. She sliced through a seam and back down to the fence to confront Mucho Unusual for the stretch drive, and powered past that foe determinedly to earn the decision pver the 2000m distance.
“I was just glad to be sitting on Lady Prancealot this afternoon,” Bravo said. “I take my hat off to [trainer] Richard [Baltas] and his team. She was so relaxed post break, so turned off and relaxed like she had full control over the whole race. All I had to do was point her to the hole turning for home and she took me through. She made my job easy”
Originally campaigned in Great Britain under the tutelage of trainer P. David Evans, Lady Prancealot resurfaced Stateside last September to finish second in the Del Mar Juvenile Fillies Turf and again in the Surfer Girl S. here in October. Last in the GI Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf, she got her first North American win two tries later in a local optional claimer Feb. 1. It was right back into stakes company for Lady Prancealot after that, and she was a very close third in the GIII Providencia S. Apr. 6 and runner-up in the GIII Senorita S. May 4 before annexing the nine-panel GIII Honeymoon S. in June. Third in the GI Del Mar Oaks Aug. 17, she was sixth in the Jockey Club Invitational Oaks at Belmont Aug. 16 before belying 10-1 odds to finish with a flourish and capture Keeneland’s GIII Pin Oak Valley View S. Oct. 18.
Once again, the placing of SIR PRANCEALOT over a DANZIG line mare has resulted in a Stakes Winner! With his 1st crop of Southern Hemisphere yearlings on offer over the next 1/2 of the season, this 1st crop sire has the opportunity to stamp his authority as a serious outcross stallion that can impart precocity, speed and NOW classic winning form!
Saturday, Santa Anita
AMERICAN OAKS-GI, $301,053, Santa Anita, 12-28, 3yo, f, 1 1/4mT, 2:01.70, gd.
1–LADY PRANCEALOT (IRE), 124, f, 3, by Sir Prancealot (Ire)
1st Dam: Naqrah (Ire), by Haatef
2nd Dam: Filfilah (GB), by Cadeaux Genereux (GB)
3rd Dam: El Rabab, by Roberto
1ST GRADE I WIN. (€9,500 Ylg ’17 TIRSEP).
O-Craig Arntz, Josie Arntz, Donald Durando, Jules & Michael Iavarone & Jerry McClanahan;
B-Tallyho Stud (IRE); T-Richard Baltas; J-Joe Bravo.
$180,000. Lifetime Record: 17-5-4-3, $547,841.