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Jockey Antonio Fresu celebrates aboard Chancery Way after winning the Betty Grable Stakes.
The feature race on the first Sunday of the 2023 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 sunny skies with a post time temperature of 67 degrees with no wind for the 3,013 fans in attendance. A field of 7 went to post with Rose Dawson sent off as the 2-1 favorite off her fourth place finish in the California Distaff Handicap at Santa Anita after winning an allowance at Los Alamitos. In to challenge her included 3-1 second choice Chancery Way, third in the Solana Beach at Del Mar after winning the Governor's Cup at Sacramento, and 7-2 third choice Chismosa, wunless since last September and third in the California Distaff Handicap last out.
Chancery Way leads down the stretch
Jockey Antonio Fresu sent Chancery Way to the lead exiting the chute and she set fractions of 22.91 and 45.39 while pressed by 25-1 longest shot Bella D and stalked by 5-1 fourth choice Carmen Miranda. Turning into the lane Chancery Way opened up a 3 length lead through 3/4 in 1:09.88. Kept to task by Fresu, Chancery Way drew off to win by 3 3/4 lengths over late-running favorite Rose Dawson in 1:22.43. It was a neck back to Carmen Miranda third.
Pgm Horse Jockey Win Place Show 1 Chancery Way Fresu 7.80 4.60 3.00 8 Rose Dawson Hernandez 3.60 2.80 7 Carmen Miranda Vazquez 3.20 Winning Time: 1:22.43 $1 Exacta 1-8 14.70 $2 Quinella 1-8 13.80 $0.50 Trifecta 1-8-7 25.20 $0.10 Superfecta 1-8-7-3 22.91
Left: Chancery Way in the winner's circle. Winning trainer Jamey Thomas said, "No problem today, anyway. She broke sharp and Antonio put her on the lead like we thought we'd be and it worked out perfect for us. She's been training really good and so we thought 'she's ready to roll let's find us a race' and this happened to be the one."
Right: Chancery Way in the paddock before the race. Winning jockey Antonio Fresu said, "I didn't know anything about this filly before I rode her today, but I went back and looked at film of some of her races. I could see she had speed and it looked like she could finish well. I thought the seven furlongs would be a good distance for her. When we turned for home, she really went. It all worked out well."
Left: Second place finisher and beaten favorite Rose Dawson in the post parade. The Phil D'Amato trainee improved her record to 3 wins, 3 seconds, and 0 thirds in 13 starts, earning $270,080 for owner-breeder Nicholas Alexander.
Right: Third place finisher Carmen Miranda in the paddock before the race. The Phil D'Amato trainee improved her record to 4 wins, 4 seconds, and 3 thirds in 15 starts, earning $266,874 for owner-breeder Nicholas Alexander.
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