Lightstream has made the trek out west to compete in the $300,000 La Brea Stakes (gr. I) against seven other fillies at Santa Anita Park on December 26. Her last-time out win was on October 22 in the Lexus Raven Run Stakes (gr. II) and since that race she has joined Head of Plains Partners and Up Hill Stable.
“We just hope we can give them a reason to smile on Boxing Day,” said trainer Brian Lynch.
Lynch has been an integral part of Lightstream’s 2016 run, which has seen the Harlan’s Holiday filly win three stakes races: the Raven Run, the Arena Springs Beaumont, and the Soaring Softly Stakes. She also placed in an additional two grade one races: the Test Stakes and the Mother Goose Stakes.
According to Lynch, the key to Lightstream’s successful 2016 campaign has been patience. Following surgery in her age-two campaign to remove a bone chip in her ankle, Lynch provided ideal spacing for her races.
“We’ve tried to space her races and we don’t run her unless she’s doing good, so fortunately enough she’s been pretty consistent all year,” said Lynch. “The ankle chip could have been a blessing. Sometimes it gives them a chance to mature. Sometimes everything happens for a reason.”
As far as the La Brea goes, Lynch is pleased with what could be a favorable pace scenario for his charge.
“Ultimately tracks vary from coast to coast,” said Lynch said of Lightstream. “A lot of time speed doesn’t come back, but there’s plenty of speed in the race. A few could get to banging heads and the race could set up for her or could not.”