McCarthy leans into returning from Santa Monica for Ce Ce

Santa Anita Park could present a Breeders’ Cup winner and possible champion on February 5 when Ce Ce makes her Santa Monica Stakes (G2) debut in 2022.

Her trainer, Michael McCarthy, told the public at Santa Anita Park that while he “keeps all my options open” he is currently leaning towards starting at the Santa Monica for the 5-year-old Ephemeral quality Mare owned and bred by Bo Hirsch. Another option could be the Inside Information Stakes (G2). Gulfstream Park January 29th. Both races are worth $200,000 and cover seven stadiums

“Both are in the game,” McCarthy said.

“We are very proud that she is a finalist for an Eclipse Award,” he said, also referring to the champion women’s sprinter division Beautiful Sophia and child .

Ridden by Hall of Famer Victor Espinoza, Ce Ce won four races last year, topped by the Breeder’s Cup Filly & Mare Sprint (G1). From the sea November 6th. She hasn’t raced since then.

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She also won the Chillingworth Stakes (G3) at Santa Anita and an optional claimant at the Southern California Oval. She also traveled to Gulfstream and won the Princess Rooney Invitational Stakes (G2) there.

Espinoza previously said that Ce Ce can be “picky” when it comes to liking certain track surfaces.

“I found her year very good,” McCarthy continued. “She has sailed a few times and run respectably everywhere. Her Breeders’ Cup performance has been dominant.”

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