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Linda's Gift Rides Win Streak into Santa Ana

Linda's Gift enters the race following two consecutive stakes victories.

Linda's Gift wins the Astra Stakes at Santa Anita Park

Linda's Gift wins the Astra Stakes at Santa Anita Park

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Linda's Gift looks to continue her march to supremacy in California's long-distance female turf division Feb. 24 in the 1 1/4-mile, $100,000 Santa Ana Stakes (G3T) at Santa Anita Park.

The Richard Mandella trainee enters off consecutive front-running scores in the 1 3/8-mile Red Carpet Stakes (G3T) Nov. 23 at Del Mar and Santa Anita's 1 1/2-mile Astra Stakes Jan. 21 for owners John Cronin, Anthony DiMarco, Michael Mandara, Fred Nicotra, and Vincent Varvaro.

Video: Astra S. (BT)

In addition to being undefeated in two starts beyond 1 1/8 miles, the 5-year-old daughter of Arrogate is 3-for-3 when allowed to set the pace.

Khinjani appears to be one of her foremost challengers. The Mark Glatt-trained runner competes for owners Jackpot Farm, Lordship Stud, Rancho Temescal Thoroughbred Partners, and Joseph Navarro.

Having raced the distance in seven of her past eight starts, the 4-year-old daughter of Sir Percy won her United States debut in allowance optional company just two races after Linda's Gift won the Astra Stakes.

Also In the Field

  • Queens Command also won her first race in this country in an allowance optional claimer at Santa Anita Jan. 7. This will be her first start beyond a mile.
  • Musical Rhapsody finished second to Linda's Gift in her past two starts.