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Turbulent Descent: Less Tired Today?


Turbulent Descent looked every bit the 2-5 favorite as she rolled into the stretch in the Grade I Las Virgenes Stakes on Feb. 5. But then she couldn’t hold off Zazu and suffered her first defeat in four races.

Trainer Mike Puype is hoping to reverse the outcome today in the 1 1/16-mile, Grade I Santa Anita Oaks--Zazu is back for the Oaks as well.

“Everything’s ready, so we’ll see what happens,” Puype said yesterday. “She got a little tired in the Las Virgenes. We’ll see if we can make amends tomorrow. It’s a short field, so there shouldn’t be any excuses. We should have every chance to get it done.”

A Z Warrior makes her 2011 debut in the Santa Anita Oaks. She was last seen finishing twelfth at 4-1 odds, beaten 43 3/4 lengths, in the Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies off of a win over R Heat Lightning and others in the Grade I Frizette. Rafael Bejarano replaces Martin Garcia in the saddle.

The field for the Oaks: May Day Rose, Martin Garcia, 6-1; Zazu, Joel Rosario, 2-1; Turbulent Descent, David Flores, 1-1; Kilograeme, Garrett Gomez, 10-1; and A Z Warrior, Rafael Bejarano, 4-1. Each filly carries 122 pounds.

--Edited track notes with additional content by Dick Downey

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