A plethora of speed in Saturday's Grade 2, $200,000 Santa Ynez at Santa Anita could set things up for a closer in the 6 1/2-furlong dash for three-year-old fillies, which offers the winner 10 qualifying points toward eligibility in the Kentucky Oaks.
Rattataptap could be such a horse. The Jeff Bonde-trained daughter of Tapit, who sired last year's Kentucky Oaks winner Tapiture, rallied from off the pace to register a nose victory in her debut at Del Mar on November 29, getting 6 1/2 furlongs in 1:16 3/5.
There is no shortage of pace to chase with multiple stakes winner Seduire breaking from the inside post, Los Alamitos maiden winner Callback to her immediate right, and Anoakia heroine Light in the City outside that one in post 3.
Xoxo, a recent allowance winner at Del Mar, breaks from post 4 and has early foot, while debut winner Lady Lake should also show some zip from post 9.
Another who should benefit from hot fractions is Conquest Harlanate. The most accomplished filly in the field with a pair of graded wins in Canada -- the Natalma and Mazarine -- last year, she was most recently 11th of 13 in the Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf after a wide trip. The Mark Casse charge will be trying dirt for the first time in the Santa Ynez.