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Jockey Juan Hernandez aboard Fun to Dream after winning the Betty Grable Stakes.
The feature race on the first Sunday of the 2022 Bing Crosby fall meeting at Del Mar was the $100,000 Betty Grable Stakes, a 7 furlong main track sprint for California-bred or sired older fillies and mares. Conditions were typical for early November, with the feature race conducted under cloudy skies with a post time temperature of 63 degrees with no wind for the 3,142 fans in attendance. Just 5 made final entry, with Fleet Treat Stakes winner Fun to Dream sent off as the 1-5 favorite off an allowance win at Santa Anita. In to challenge her included 5-1 second choice Big Novel, unraced since finishing third in the Evening Jewel Stakes in April, and 8-1 third choice Taming the Tigress off an optional-claimer allowance win when she was claimed from original trainer Peter Miller.
Fun to Dream leads down the stretch
Jockey Ramon Vazquez sent Taming the Tigress to the lead out of the chute through fractions of 22.99 and 45.76 while pressed by Big Novel and stalked by Fun to Dream. Turning for home Taming the Tigress continued to lead through 3/4 in 1:09.71 but Fun to Dream came out 4 wide under Juan Hernandez and rallied to win by a head in 1:22.14. It was a long 5 3/4 lengths back to 15-1 All Dialed In third.
Pgm Horse Jockey Win Place Show 3 Fun to Dream Hernandez 2.40 2.10 2.10 5 Taming the Tigress Vazquez 4.00 2.60 2 All Dialed In Baze 3.20 Winning Time: 1:22.14 $1 Exacta 3-5 3.10 $2 Quinella 3-5 4.60 $0.50 Trifecta 3-5-2 3.90
Left: Fun to Dream in the winner's circle. Jimmy Barnes, assistant to winning trainer Bob Baffert said, "I was thinking we'd go right to the front the way the track is playing but I think we got bumped by the four at the start and we had to go to a Plan B. She does sit off of horses, that's why we took off the blinkers last time to get her to relax. She did what she needed to do. The other filly put in a helluva fight. Luckily she's a warrior and she wore her down."
Right: Fun to Dream in the paddock before the race. Winning jockey Juan Hernandez said, "She didn't want to get beat. There was some bumping in the stretch and after my filly got bumped, she got tougher. She tried harder. At the quarter pole she switched leads and we got to running. Then they came together some and my filly showed some fight. I like it. The other filly (Taming the Tigress) ran hard, but my filly did, too."
Left: Second place finisher Taming the Tigress in the post parade. The Librado Barocio trainee improved her record to 6 wins, 5 seconds, and 1 third in 17 starts, earning $310,632 for owner Mia Familia Racing Stable.
Right: Third place finisher All Dialed In enters the paddock before the race. The Sean McCarthy trainee improved her record to 3 wins, 2 seconds, and 3 thirds in 10 starts, earning $178,700 for owner Harris Farms Inc.
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