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Brice Blanc celebrates aboard Miss Serendipity after winning the 2014 Yellow Ribbon Handicap
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
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 9-7-5-1 237.00Results 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.
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