Meafara Stakes Preview

With seventeen career starts, ten wins, three seconds, and two thirds, Meafara earned over $800,000 racing mostly in sprints. Usually on the lead, Meafara in both 1992 and 1993 she took on the boys in the Breeders’ Cup Sprint and emerged with runner up finishes both times.

Meafara losing the 1992 Breeders’ Cup Sprint by a neck at Gulftream. Video courtesy Youtube/NBC/Breeders’ Cup.

Meafara losing the 1993 Breeders’ Cup Sprint by a neck at Oak Tree @ Santa Anita. Video courtesy Youtube/NBC/Breeders’ Cup.

Local racing fans will remember her locally based ownership, her win at first asking at Hawthorne, her climbing up the allowance condition ladder at Arlington, and winning the 1993 G3 Chicago Handicap. And In Meafara’s final start, she beat the boys in the G3 V. O. Underwood Stakes at Hollywood Park.

The Meafara Stakes this year serves as the first of two feeder races to the G3 Arlington Oaks on July 21. Fittingly, the Meafara is carded as a sprint race, and it’s for three year old fillies.

Arlington — Race 8 — Meafara Stakes — 6 1/2 furlongs on polytrack — post time 4:48 CT

Are you down with OPP? No, not the Naughty by Nature song. How about an Outstanding Polytrack Pedigree? SABRINA’S DANCE’s male family (Werblin, Unbridled’s Song) has done quite well on synthetic tracks over the years, from coast to coast. She only has one bad race on her resume, and that was a seventh at the start of the year in the G3 Old Hat at Gulfstream. She stretches out from some speedy five-furlong starts on Gulfstream grass and won a $60K stakes two back on the sod. Let’s go with an old familiar face, Frank Calabrese, who owns our pick to win.  LOTTA LOVIN has formidable connections in Graham/Maker, and she returns to a more sensible level after trying the amazons in the G1 Ashland last time out.  Won at today’s 6 1/2 furlong distance two back. Note that trainer M. Maker has hit the board in half of his Arlington starts. ATLANTIC TAP graduated last time out going seven furlongs over the Keeneland polytrack, and will make the minor distance cutback. She enters this listed stakes off some good (with respect to the clock) works. She is moving up from maiden special weight to a listed stakes, and that could be a concern. So is the fact that the trainer is an unusually cold four for thirty-three.



#1 LOTTA LOVIN (8/5)


Longshot: Not a lot to choose from in the longshot bin this go-round. Let’s try using two humans who sent home some bombs, trainer Dorochenko (Hero of Order) and rider Homeister (Dolly Peach).  They unite on #5 EMONA (15/1), who will be closing through the stretch. If a suicidal speed duel develops on the front end, look for this to close. Trainer has a 15% winning percentage and solid monetary return going from grass to synthetics.

Good luck!


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  • Meafara was one of my favorite horses in the early 90's. I bet her WPS both times in the Breeder's Cup Sprint and has part of an exacta.

    I never got the winner, but Meafara always came through.

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