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Dettori Rides Easter in Santa Anita Lure Stakes

International superstar jockey Frankie Dettori, who has announced he will forestall retirement and ride full-time this winter at Santa Anita Park, will be riding this weekend at The Great Race Place, one week in advance of the Breeders’ Cup World Championships here on Nov. 3 and 4.

With nine 3-year-olds and up set to contest one mile on turf in Saturday’s restricted $80,000 Lure Stakes, Dettori has taken the call on Graham Motion’s French-bred Easter , who has been idle since Aug. 24 at Saratoga.

“Frankie reached out to me and said that he’d like to ride this weekend, so I’m putting him on a few horses,” said agent Ron Anderson.  “We’re of course looking forward to the Breeders’ Cup at Santa Anita and riding regularly out there this winter. Frankie is ready.”

Based in his native France prior to the spring of 2022, Easter, a 5-year-old gelding, has won two of his eight starts with Motion, all on grass, and has won four of his nine career tries at one mile on turf. Most recently second, beaten a neck in a classified allowance at a mile and one eighth Aug. 24, he’ll be making his Southern California debut Saturday.

As his best performances have come when he’s been allowed to settle well of the pace, Easter’s connections would certainly well come fast early splits in the Lure.

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Owned by Madaket Stables, LLC, Easter, who was group II stakes-placed going a mile on turf in France at age three, is 16-4-3-3 overall with earnings of $273,790.

A one mile turf classified allowance winner two starts back on Aug. 19 at Del Mar, trainer Simon Callaghan’sAstronomer nearly pulled off an 8-1 upset in the City of Hope Mile (G2T) here on Sept. 30, leading throughout en route to finishing second by a neck behind highly accomplished graded stakes winner Hong Kong Harry .

A 4-year-old War Front   gelding bred in Kentucky by Alice Bamford and owned by Alice Bamford and Michael Tabor, Astronomer earned a lofty 96 Beyer in the City of Hope and is three for five at one mile on turf. With Antonio Fresu riding for the third consecutive time, Astronomer should be well backed as he bids for his fourth win from eight overall starts.

With a sharp recent allowance win at one mile turf to his credit, the Jeff Mullins-conditioned Bally’s Charm  rates a big look and helps to ensure a solid early pace with Hector Berrios back aboard. A 4-year-old Kentucky-bred gelding by Roi Charmant, Bally’s Charm was most impressive leading throughout in a second condition allowance here on Oct. 1, carving out splits of :22 flat, :45.60 and 1:09 flat en rout to final clocking of 1:32.60 which earned him a career-top Beyer Speed Figure of 94.

Owned by his breeders Red Baron’s Barn, LLC and Vaya Con Suerte, Bally’s Charm, who will be making his third start of the year, is three for five at one mile on turf and is 10-5-1-1 overall with earnings of $315,500.

This press release has been edited for content and style by BloodHorse Staff.

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