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Breeders’ Cup filly and mare sprint winner Ce Ce could make her 6-year bow in the $ 200,000 Santa Monica Stakes (G2), which goes to seven stadiums in Santa Anita on February 5, Trainer said Michael McCarthy opposite Horse Racing Nation on Thursday.
Ce Ce, who has raised more than 1.7 million US dollars over three seasons for owner-breeder Bo Hirsch, has been working continuously at Santa Anita since the end of November. In her last exercise last Sunday, she blew up five stages in 1: 00.2.
“We’re going to be nominating for the Santa Monica and a few others, but nothing set in stone yet,” said McCarthy.
Ce Ce was a multiple 1st class winner as a 4 year old in 2020 beating both the Apple Blossom and the Beholder Mile. She would take fifth place in this year’s Breeders’ Cup Distaff.
Cut back on last year’s sprinting, Ce Ce won the Princess Rooney (G2) at Gulfstream Park and the Chillingworth (G3) in Santa Anita before taking off on Nov. 6.
From Miss Houdini, who was also awarded the grade 1 for Hirsch, Ce Ce leads a record of 16: 8-3-1.