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2021 Santa Ynez Stakes

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Kalypso gets a pat from Joel Rosario after winning the Santa Ynez Stakes

Date: 1/03/2021

The feature race at Santa Anita on Sunday was the $200,000 Santa Ynez Stakes (G2) for 3-year-old fillies sprinting seven furlongs on the main track worth 10 points to the winner in the Road to the Kentucky Oaks. Conditions were excellent again with sunny skies, a fast track, and temperatures in the mid 60's. Bob Baffert entered 4 of the 7 fillies to be drawn, but scratched Starlet Stakes (G1) winner Varda on race day, leaving 6 in the gate. Anaoakia Stakes winner Kalypso was sent off as the 9-10 favorite off her 2nd place finish in the Starlet. In to challenge her included both her stablemates, 7-2 second choice Frosteria, still winless but 2nd in all 3 starts against maidens, and 9-2 third choice Exotic West, a debut winner on November 21 at Del Mar.
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Kalypso leads down the stretch

Jockey Ricardo Gonzalez sent 31-1 longest shot Brilliant Cut to the lead out of the chute and she set fractions of 22.53 and 45.13 while pressed by Kalypso and stalked by 8-1 Nasreddine. Turning for home, jockey Joel Rosario sent Kalypso out for room and she swept to the front through 3/4 in 1:10.18. Kept to task by Rosario, Kalypso pulled away to win by 1 3/4 lengths over late-running Frosteria in 1:23.42. It was another 1 1/2 lengths back to pacesetter Brilliant Cut third.
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Pgm  Horse               Jockey         Win   Place  Show
 7   Kalypso             Rosario       3.80    2.80  2.20
 6   Frosteria           Smith                 3.60  2.80
 1   Brilliant Cut       Gonzalez                    5.80

Winning Time:  1:23.42

$1 Exacta 7-6                 5.60
$1 Trifecta 7-6-1            89.30	
$1 Superfecta 7-6-1-4       351.00
Results Chart from DRF.

horse racinghorse racingLeft: Kalypso in the winner's circle. Winning trainer Bob Baffert, who trained the first 2 finishers, said, "She has natural speed and she's a really fast filly. She had the lead for a long time in the Starlet, backing up it's a big difference to go 7/8ths. The way she broke today, she was in a good spot and she was really training well coming into this race so it's pretty exciting that she got a win."

Right: Kalypso heads back to the barn after the race. Winning jockey Joel Rosario said, "She broke good and put me right into the race, in a good position. I'm just happy to be on her. She was the best horse and she'll be better going longer distances."

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Kalypso in the paddock and walking ring before the race. Baffert added, "I would try her long again, as they get older they are maturing. You can slow her down a little bit like today she was pretty relaxed. She wasn't too rank where she went real fast but we'll just see how they come out of it"

horse racinghorse racingLeft: Second place finisher Frosteria in the paddock before the race. Trainer Bob Baffert said, "My other filly (Frosteria) ran a good race, for a maiden, I wanted to take a chance. I think I'll just run her in a maiden race (next time)."

Right: Third place finisher Brilliant Cut in the post parade. The Doug O'Neill trainee improved her record to 1 win, 0 seconds, and 1 third in 5 starts, earning $50,300 for owners ERJ Racing, David Kenney, William Strauss, and Dennis O'Neill.

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