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Soviet Problem Preview: I’m So Anna Returns to Dirt
I'm So Anna (2) winning the Pike Place Dancer (Credit: Vassar Photography)

Soviet Problem Preview: I’m So Anna Returns to Dirt

CYPRESS, CA – After winning the Pike Place Dancer Stakes on the Golden Gate Fields turf last time out, KMN Racing’s I’m So Anna returns to dirt looking for similar success in Saturday’s $100,000 Soviet Problem Stakes at Los Alamitos.

The Soviet Problem is a 1-mile dirt route restricted to California-bred or sired juvenile fillies. This year’s edition is the penultimate event on a 9-race card and has a local post time of 3:58 PM.

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Here’s a look at the full field for the Soviet Problem:

1. Mucha Woman 20/1 – She defeated open-company starter allowance rivals while going a two-turn mile at Del Mar last time out, leading from gate to wire under Eswan Flores, who retains the mount. She broke her maiden by 7 1/4 lengths while risked for a $50k tag against Cal-bred fillies and finished second over this course in her debut.

2. Super Game 20/1 – She broke her maiden in her turf debut, leading from gate to wire while going a two-turn mile at Del Mar against Cal-bred fillies. She’s yet to finish better than eighth or within 10 lengths of the winner while running on dirt, but her 2 prior main track tries were in sprints; perhaps stretching back out to routing will make the difference. 

3. Dylans Wild Cat 7/2 – She finished fourth on debut for trainer Matthew Chew, who retired shortly after and handed over duties to Neil French; her next start was a victory against her own kind going 5 1/2 furlongs at Santa Anita Park. She was second by a head in the Golden State Juvenile Stakes last time out, a 7-furlong Del Mar sprint that featured six of these runners.

4. Governor Goteven 7/2 – She won her first 3 starts, all against Cal-bred fillies, including the CTBA Stakes and the Generous Portion Stakes, both at Del Mar. She suffered her first defeat last time out in the Golden State Juvenile Fillies, which came after a two-month break, and trainer Walther Solis – who entered two – enjoyed prior success in this race in 2014.

5. Miss Glorious 20/1 – She returns to the dirt after a pair of turf route tries sandwiched around a maiden-breaking score over the Golden Gate Fields synthetic. Her first 2 starts came over Santa Anita Park’s main track and she finished behind familiar rivals Governor Goteven and Love Wins, but her connections paid $1,000 to supplement her into the field for a reason, right?

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6. Sensible Cat 5/1 – She broke her maiden last time out, defeating Cal-bred fillies in a 1-mile Del Mar turf route after finishing sixth in a 6-furlong sprint at the same level over the seaside course’s main track. The first of two entries from Carla Gaines can be forgiven for her debut; she was fractious in the gate and slow into stride, traits she didn’t show last time out.

7. Will Take a Kiss 20/1 – The second Solis entry was a well-beaten seventh in the Golden State Juvenile Fillies last time out after having to check hard at the 3/8 pole. That was both her first appearance for this barn (after making 2 prior starts elsewhere) and her first start in two months, and she retains the services of jockey Tyler Baze for the second straight race.

8. Westward Breeze 5/2 – She was a strong debut winner against her own kind while going 5 1/2 furlongs on the Santa Anita Park turf under top rider Umberto Rispoli, who retains the mount. The second representative from the Gaines barn could be dangerous here if she takes to the new surface, and her pedigree and recent works indicate that she should.

9. Love Wins 20/1 – She broke her maiden on debut by 3 3/4 lengths at Santa Anita Park in May, but she couldn’t replicate that effort in the Golden State Juvenile Fillies last time out, finishing last of nine after dueling up front early. Forgive that performance because she missed nearly six months of racing action between starts; she should be prominent from the start here.

10. I’m So Anna 4/1 – She broke her maiden by 4 lengths while going 5 furlongs over this course in July, then finished second in the Generous Portion and second in a Golden Gate Fields optional claiming synthetic event against open rivals. She was originally aiming for last weekend’s Starlet Stakes (G1), but her rivals opted for this spot instead.

11. Eddie’s New Dream (Also Eligible) 8/1 – She’ll need someone to scratch in order to make the field. She broke her maiden at second asking by 4 3/4 lengths while going 6 furlongs at Del Mar and finished third by a head in the Golden State Juvenile Fillies last time out. All 3 starts have come against California-bred fillies.

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