The field is set for the $1 million Haskell, where Nyquist will be trying to re-stake his claim as the top three-year-old in the country.
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The $300,000, Grade 1 Las Virgenes Stakes is the featured event January 31 at Santa Anita, with a field of ten three year-old fillies set to contest the one-mile event on the main track.
Maybellene is the 3/1 favorite for trainer Bob Baffert after finishing third to eventual two year-old Eclipse-Award winning filly Take Charge Brandi in her last start. Maybellene, a daughter of Lookin At Lucky, has posted two wins in seven career starts for earnings of $151,300. Leading jockey Rafael Bejarano has the mount breaking from post number two aboard the speedy filly who should stalk the early fractions.
Majestic Presence exits a fourth place finish in the Grade 1 Starlet, behind Maybellene. Trained by Jerry Hollendorfer, Majestic Presence has just a maiden victory to her credit in six career starts, but did run third in the Grade 3 Delta Princess Stakes behind Take Charge Brandi. Majestic Presence has posted two solid works at Santa Anita in preparation for the Las Virgenes and projects as a late-running type in a field loaded with speed. Hall of Fame jockey Gary Stevens has the mount on Majestic Presence breaking from post six.
Baffert also trains 4/1 shot Callback, who most recently placed second in the Grade 2 Santa Ynez January 3 at Santa Anita. Baffert removes the blinkers on Callback who has worn them in all three career starts. The daughter of 2007 Kentucky Derby winner Street Sense will race at two-turns for the first time in her career.
On Sunday at Monmouth Park, the featured race is the $300,000 United Nations Stakes. Scheduled to be run at a mile and three-eighths on the turf, the Grade 1 event has drawn a field of ten colts and geldings.
On Sunday at Monmouth Park, the featured race is the $150,000 Pegasus Stakes, a key prep race for the Haskell Invitational (G1). The Grade 3 event will be contested at a mile and a sixteenth and has drawn a field of seven three-year-olds.