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2014 Yellow Ribbon Handicap

Brice Blanc celebrates aboard Miss Serendipity after winning the 2014 Yellow Ribbon Handicap
Date: 09/01/2014

The Labor Day feature at Del Mar is the $150,000 Yellow Ribbon Handicap (G2) for older fillies and mares going 1 1/16 miles over the Jimmy Durante turf course. Just 8821 fans came out to the seaside oval under sunny skies and temperatures in the high 70's. Royal Heroine (G2) winner Parranda was sent off as the 9-5 favorite in the field of 8, off her third place finish in the Clement L. Hirsch (G1) . In to challenge her included 4-1 second choice Miss Serendipity, 6th in the John C. Mabee (G2) after winning the Gamely (G1), and 9-2 third choice Cozze Up Lady, third in the John C. Mabee.

Miss Serendipity rallies down the stretch

Jockey Corey Nakatani sent 17-1 Need You Now to the lead first time past the stands and she set fractions of 23.56, 47.54, and 1:11.15 while pressed by Cozze Up Lady and stalked by 11-2 Wishing Gate. Entering the lane, Need You Now tired allowing Cozze Up Lady to inherit a short lead through 1 mile in 1:35.11, but Miss Serendipity, 7th early, came out 3 wide for room and took over in deep stretch, drawing off to win by 1 1/4 lengths over late-running favorite Parranda in 1:40.98 over the firm course. It was just a neck back to Cozze Up Lady third.

Pgm  Horse               Jockey        Win  Place  Show
 9   Miss Serendipity    Blanc       11.20   5.20  3.40
 7   Parranda            Trujillo            3.60  2.60
 5   Cozze Up Lady       Desormeaux                3.60
Winning Time:  1:40.98

$1 Exacta 9-7                18.00
$2 Quinella 7-9              16.60
$1 Trifecta 9-7-5            78.30
$1 Superfecta 9-7-5-1       237.00
Results Chart

Left: Miss Serendipity in the winner's circle. Winning trainer Ron McAnally said, "She's been training very well and Brice Blanc knows her and rides her well."

Right: Miss Serendipity in the paddock. Winning jockey Brice Blanc said, "My first race back and it is very emotional for me. Ron has been loyal to me the past two or three years. He's always there for me. So to be able to come back and ride a race like this for him and win it, you know how special that is. I love to win races for him. I was watching Wishing Gate and Parranda all the way. I didn't want to be too far outside. I knew she was relaxing better lately. I was waiting on Parranda coming around the turn but she didn't have the same move today she had before. I just had to keep from going too wide. (Miss Serendipity) really came through for me again. She's awesome."

Left: Second place finisher and beaten favorite Parranda returns after the race. The 9-5 favorite stalked the pace 3 wide in 5th about 3 lengths off the pace under jockey Elvis Trujillo, then came through late to get second beaten 1 1/4 lengths. The Jerry Hollendorfer trainee improved her record to 10 wins, 3 seconds, and 4 thirds in 26 starts, earning $744,655 for owners G. Campbell, D. Clark, Gatto Racing, Jerry Hollendorfer, and G. Skoda.

Right: Third place finisher Cozze Up Lady in the paddock before the race. The 9-2 third choice raced 7th early under jockey Kent Desormeaux, then rallied to get third beaten 1 1/2 lengths. The Keith Desormeaux trainee improved her record to 7 wins, 2 seconds, and 4 thirds in 18 starts, earning $406,919 for owners Martin Racing, Morgan Thoroughbred, Westwind Property, and Farfellow Farm.

Wake Up Nick (outside) wins the I'm Smokin Stakes

The first stakes race on Yellow Ribbon Handicap day was the $150,000 I'm Smokin Stakes for California-bred 2-year-olds sprinting 6 furlongs on Polytrack. 6-1 Truely Quick battled for the early lead with 8-1 Comanche Ruler through an opening quarter of 22.28 before 2-5 favorite Wake Up Nick took over on the turn through a half in 45.79. 12-1 Global Magician challenged entering the stretch poking his head in front in midstretch through 5/8 in 58.17, but Wake Up Nick with jockey Mario Gutierrez came back along the rail to win by 1/2 a length in 1:11.25. It was another 1/2 length back to 10-1 Cardiac third.

Results Chart

The Doug O'Neill trainee improved his record to a perfect 4 wins in 4 starts, earning $251,100 for owner J. Paul Reddam.

She's Complete wins the Oak Tree Juvenile Fillies Turf

The $100,000 Oak Tree Juvenile Fillies Turf features 2-year-old fillies going 1 mile on the turf. 32-1 Sea Mona was quickest away and set fractions of 23.13, 46.59, and 1:10.89 over the firm course while stalked by 22-1 C'Mon Sister and 4-1 Heart of Paradise. Entering the stretch, Heart of Paradise was pulled up by jockey Joe Talamo, as Sea Mona opened up a 2 1/2 length lead through 7/8 in 1:23.27. However, 8-5 favorite She's Complete, 6th early, went wide for room and rallied to get the 1/2 length win in 1:35.89. It was another 1 3/4 lengths back from Sea Mona to 18-1 Madam Aamoura third.

Results Chart

The Doug O'Neill trainee improved her record to 1 win, 2 seconds, and 0 thirds in 4 starts, earning $78,956 for owners Great Friends Stable, Steve Keh, Gary Vacarro, and Bada Bing Stable.

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