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Umberto Rispoli celebrates aboard Going Global after winning the Royal Heroine Stakes (G2)
Part 1 - Santa Anita Derby (G1), Santa Anita Oaks (G1), Providencia (G3), and Evening Jewel Stakes
There were 7 stakes races run at Santa Anita on Saturday, highlighted by the Santa Anita Derby (G1). Conditions were excellent for the 26,376 fans in attendance at the historic Arcadia oval, with sunny skies and temperatures in the high 80's.
The last graded stakes on the card was the $200,000 Royal Heroine Stakes (G2) featuring a short field of 4 older fillies and mares (after 1 scratch) going 1 mile on the turf. Goldikova (G2) winner Going Global was sent off as the 3-10 favorite off her 6th place finish in the American Oaks (G1). In to challenge her included 7-2 second choice Excelerina off 2 allowance wins, 8-1 third choice Javanica, 2nd in allowance company last out, and 19-2 longest shot Avenue de France, 6th in the Buena Vista (G2). Due to the short field show wagering was not available.
Going Global leads in the stretch
Jockey John Velazquez sent Javanica to the lead first time by through fractions of 24.59, 48.35, and 1:10.86 while pressed by Going Global and stalked by Avenue de France. Turning for home Going Global came out 2 wide to sweep to the front through 7f in 1:22.20. Kept to task by Umberto Rispoli, Going Global cruised the rest of the way to win by 1 3/4 lengths over Javanica in 1:33.97. It was another 2 1/4 lengths back to Excelerina third, and 4 1/2 more to Avenue de France last.
Pgm Horse Jockey Win Place Show 1 Going Global Rispoli 2.60 2.10 ---- 3 Javanica Velazquez 4.00 ---- 2 Excelerina Smith ---- Winning Time: 1:33.97 $1 Exacta 1-3 6.20 $1 Trifecta 1-3-2 12.00
Left: Going Global in the winner's circle. Winning trainer Phil D'Amato said, "Although a small field, she was very impressive. She did it very easily. Umberto got her to relax and she did everything very well today. That last one on the dirt, that was my mistake. I should have never run her that day. She had a nice freshening since then and she responded very well. We are going to keep her on the grass the rest of the year and see where we are at year's end."
Right: Going Global in the paddock. Winning jockey Umberto Rispoli said, I got a feeling in the morning, twenty days of working her and she did everything great, I said I couldn't wait to see what she really can do on the race day. She did it really easy today, I didn't face a real opposition really, with all respect. She proved she's a really good filly. It is not her usual style of running but when the race comes up, sometimes you have to change something. From my experience if you have a good horse, you just have to be up there no matter the field…Everything went well."
Left: Second place finisher Javanica in the paddock before the race. Jockey John Velazquez said, "Today was just not my day. I kept coming in second in all my races. We wanted to get her running, but I couldn't separate myself from Umberto."
Right: Third place finisher Excelerina in the post parade. The Phil D'Amato trainee improved her record to 2 wins, 1 second, and 1 third in 6 starts, earning $108,713 for owners CYBT, Saul Gevertz, Michael Nentwig, and Jeremy Peskoff.
Kicking off the 12-race card at noon was the $200,000 Monrovia Stakes (G2) for older fillies and mares sprinting 6 1/2 furlongs on the downhill turf course. Toby's Heart was sent off as the 9-5 favorite in the field of 6 off her 8th place finish in the Tropical Park Oaks in December. In to challenge her included 2-1 second choice Alice Marble, winner of the Wishing Well Stakes, and 4-1 third choice Tapwater, 5th in the Wishing Well after just missing in the Las Cienegas (G3).
Alice Marble and 9-2 fourth choice Brooke Marie dueled on the front end down the hill through fractions of 23.05 and 45.55 while stalked by Tobys Heart. Alice Marble led at the 1/8 pole through 3/4 in 1:07.62 but Brooke Marie, despite drifting out under jockey Juan Hernandez, got up late to win by 1/2 a length in 1:13.42. It was another 1 3/4 lengths back to favorite Tobys Heart third.
Left: Brooke Marie in the winner's circle. Winning jockey Juan Hernandez said, "On paper it looked like there was going to be one speed horse, (Alice Marble) and my filly broke really fast. She put me right there. She was enjoying the trip and I just sat behind the one and waited for them to cross the dirt to kick to the wire. I like her, she's really professional, she crossed the dirt really good and then soon after that I asked her a couple of times and she passed the other filly."
Right: Brooke Marie returns after the race.
Left: Second place finisher Alice Marble in the paddock. Jockey Edwin Maldonado said, "There was no speed in the race, so we went right to the front. My horse ran a big race, we just didn't have enough in the end."
Right: Third place finisher and beaten favorite Toby's Heart in the paddock. Jockey John Velazquez said, "It was the first time I had the opportunity to ride her. She broke quite nicely, but I was able to get in a good position behind one and three. But then she got flat."
The $150,000 Echo Eddie Stakes featured a field of 9 California bred or sired 3-year-olds also sprinting 6 1/2 furlongs on the main track. Baffle Stakes 6th place finisher Smuggler's Run was sent off as the 3-5 favorite over 15-2 Moose Mitchell, 5th in the King Glorious, and 17-2 Mister Bold, 4th in a claiming race for a $32,000 tag last out.
Jockey Diego Herrera sent Moose Mitchell to the lead out of the chute through fractions of 22.27 and 44.91 while pressed by 7-1 What in Blazes and stalked by Smuggler's Run. In the stretch jockey Joe Bravo moved Smuggler's Run 3 wide for room and he swept to the front through 3/4 in 1:09.74. Kept to task by Bravo, Smuggler's Run drew off late to win by 2 3/4 lengths over Moose Mitchell in 1:16.57. It was another 2 1/2 lengths back to What in Blazes third.
Smuggler's Run in the winner's circle. Winning trainer Richard Baltas said, "This is (our) fourth opportunity with this horse and I have Kevin Nish to thank. He made a trainer change and Alex Solis, Jr. brought the horse to us. This horse is in great shape. There is nothing he can't do. He could run on grass, he could go longer and he could go two turns. This horse is very rate-able. He finishes all his works good. And he's a Cal bred."
Winning jockey Joe Bravo said, "Broke good, clean break and sat off the backside. You know when you have horse underneath you. He was just going really comfortably. I just tried to say out of this horse's way, Baltas really had him ready today. The only concern I really had was that this horse had run mostly on the grass, and he had the one dirt race that was a win, but he really stepped up to the plate today, it was a nice effort. You have a lot more options when you go to enter one when you can run on both."
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