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$500,000 Yellow Ribbon Stakes Ahead

November 6, 1998

ARCADIA, Calif. (AP) _ Fiji, who has won seven of nine career starts and earned $538,630, heads a field of 10 entered in Sunday’s $500,000 Yellow Ribbon Stakes at Santa Anita.

Coming off a third-place finish in the Ramona Handicap at Del Mar Aug. 1, Fiji will be ridden by Kent Desormeaux in the Yellow Ribbon, a 1 1/4-mile race for fillies and mares on the turf course.

After two victories in her native England, Fiji was shipped to trainer Neil Drysdale’s barn late last year. The 4-year-old filly lost her first United States race by a nose before winning her next five starts by an average of 4 1/2 lengths, then losing in the Ramona race.

Others entered in the Yellow Ribbon race were Tresoriere, to be ridden by Jose Santos; Winona, John Murtagh; Real Connection, Matt Garcia; Pomona, Gary Stevens; See You Soon, Corey Nakatani; Sonja’s Faith, Emile Ramsammy; Tenski, Richard Migliore; Squeak, Olivier Peslier, and Ellakapella, Jack Kaenel.

The Yellow Ribbon is a weight-for-age event. All entrants will carry 122 pounds except for Winona and Tenski, 3-year-olds who will carry 118 each.

See You Soon and Sonja’s Faith finished 1-2 in the Ramona Handicap. Fiji also must deal with Winona, who won the Irish Oaks by seven lengths in July, and Tenski, who has won five of her last six starts on turf.

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