The field of fillies and mares were highly competitive in the $201,000 La Canada Stakes (G3) at Santa Anita Saturday. The pace was set by the 4-5 favorite FIGHTING MAD and HARD NOT TO LOVE, the 3-1 second choice. Jockey Umberto Rispoli was aboard SANENUS following in third and described the :23.30 opening quarter as "very angry." The girls came to race that day and the pace was fast.
SANENUS moved up the field with the leaders at the end of the backstretch and by the quarter pole had the lead. She extended her advantage to six lengths as she crossed the wire with no urging and only pats of congratulations from her jockey. The final time for the 1 1/16 mile race was 1:45.44. SANENUS paid $17.
MISS STORMY D, at 14-1, closed from fourth to finish second, a nose ahead of HARD NOT TO LOVE. The longest price in the field was NEVER BE ENOUGH at 18-1 who finished fourth followed by FIGHTING MAD, PROUD EMMA, and MESSAGE.
SANENUS is a five-year-old mare bred in Chile. She is by SCAT DADDY and owned by Hara Matriarca and trained by Michael McCarthy. In Chile, the mare won three stakes races including the Group 1 Tanteo de Potrancas at 7 ½ furlongs in June 2019. She arrived in the United States in early 2020 and the La Canada is her first win. She was second in her U.S. debut in the Chilukki Stakes (G3) at a mile at Churchill Downs. She has won five of 12 starts and has earnings of $319,700.