Regardless of when they were foaled (the horse’s actual date of birth), all thoroughbreds share the same birthday: January 1 of the New Year.
The Lost in the Fog drew a field of eight while the Az Juvenile attracted a full field of 12. Both stakes will be run at 6 ½ furlongs.
The stakes is named after the ill-fated Eclipse Award winning champion, Lost in the Fog, who before succumbing to cancer set the track record of 1:13.55 in winning this race (then known as the Arizona Juvenile) as a 2-year-old on December 26, 2004.
All eyes will go immediately to the Robertino Diodoro (a familiar name) trained Grand Full Moon who has won 3-of-5 efforts. Only Highway Boss has won two races with the remainder having just broken their maiden, except for Jungle Java, who is still a maiden.
Grand Full Moon began his career at Canterbury Park, breaking his maiden and then winning a $75,000 juvenile Stakes. The son of Malibu Moon then sampled the $100 grand Speakeasy Stakes at Santa Anita, finishing fifth of nine.
Grand Full Moon debuted locally in a Nov. 22 allowance where he got up in the final stride to win at 40 cents on the dollar.
Leading trainer Diodoro teams with leading jockey Geovanni Franco for the Mercedes Stables’ owned Grand Full Moon. The threesome will be working on their fourth local stakes win.
The Valorie Lund–trained Solomon was the runnerup a stride shy of Grand Full Moon in that allowance test. The son of Line of David out of a Dynaformer mare, Solomon is showing steady improvement and looks to even the score with the probable favorite.
The Molly Pearson-trained Highway Boss finished third in the Grand Full Moon race. However, his previous southern California form deserves scrutiny. The son of Street Boss broke his maiden at Santa Anita, followed that win with a victory in a minor stakes at the Oak Tree Meet at Pleasanton and then finished fourth in Grade 2 Best Pal Stakes at Del Mar.
Arizona Juvenile Fillies
All 12 fillies have at least a maiden win under their girth. But the standout among the juvenile misses is Perfect Style, a runaway winner of her last two races.
Haltered by Bart Hone, a former multiple leading trainer at Turf, Perfect Style, clicks off 21 and change first quarter miles with the ease of a clock ticking off seconds. It’s difficult to imagine Perfect Style not dictating the pace to her 11 rivals.
If there’s a stakes, Diodoro is sure to have at least one entrant. And he does with southern California shipper Freakin Amazing. The daughter of Zensational broke her maiden last out at Santa Anita on Oct. 10 by coming off the pace. Given that pace is assured in the Az Juvenile fillies, the race could get interesting in the final furlong.
Also shipping in from southern California is the Peter Miller-trainer Doctor Susan. After breaking her maiden two starts back, she finished fourth in an optional claiming $80,000 at Del Mar, November 27.
The Pearson-trained Myrna Lou returned to form by winning the Az Breeders’ Futurity Dec. 6. The daughter of prolific sire, Top Hit, broke her maiden at Santa Anita and then won an Optional Claiming $50,000 at Del Mar Aug. 14.