2022 joe hernandez stakes

There was a lot of action in Santa Anita at the end of the year. Detorri finishes last as Air Force Red goes gate to wire like an Exocet missile to claim the Joe Hernandez Stakes. Also, Queen Goddess overcomes a wide gate and a ten-month layoff to dominate the Robert J Frankel Stakes with a gate-to-wire win. Check our 2022 Joe Hernandez Stakes & 2022 Robert J Frankel Stakes Recap.

2022 Joe Hernandez Stakes

Grade 2 – Purse $250,000 – 6 ½ furlongs – Downhill Turf – 3-Year-Olds and Up

On this unique track, it was Air Force Red who was alert at the gate and quickly got on the speed to lead from Smooth Like Strait and Lane Way. As they first snaked right and then left on this tricky downhill track, the leaders were stalked by Whatmakessammyrun and the eventual third Gregorian Chant.

Followers of the chalk Smooth Like Strait must have been feeling bullish as this miler looked sure to play a major part in the finish from his good early position.

Joe Hernandez Stakes Horse Video


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However, Lane Way had pitched inside to grab the fence position and followed the leader and eventual winner AIR FORCE ONE into the stretch. Javier Hernandez asked the leader to stretch as they hit the top of the home run and quickly put two lengths on the field.

Hit The Road took a bump entering the stretch and soon faded while the one that was way out back early and closed well to the wire was the rank outsider Kiss Today Goodbye, and this one could be interesting if taking a class drop and stretching out to seven furlongs next time.

2022 Joe Hernandez Stakes Race Result:

1. AIR FORCE RED  $16.40$8.20$5.40
2. LANE WAY$5.40$3.80

WINNING TIME: 1 mins 11.53 secs

2022 Robert J Frankel Stakes

Grade 3 – Purse $100,000 – 1 1/8 miles – Turf – 3-Year-Olds and Up – Fillies & Mares

Queen Goddess had to overcome a wide gate but showed plenty of speed to move inward at the clubhouse turn and from then on controlled the pace of the race.

She was nicely clear of the pack with Closing Remarks who was well fancied on the boards, stalking her rival some two lengths back, with Quatroelle, the eventual third sitting mid-pack some six lengths off the speed.

England’s Rose was another well-fancied rival who was unhurried in the early stages and she made a move at the end of the backstretch coming three wide into the home stretch. As they set down for the drive, it was Queen Goddess who had her rivals toiling and she soon cleared by 3 lengths and held well to the wire.

Robert Frankel Stakes Horse Race Video


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Closing Remarks could not summon a late rally but held for a clear second.

New Heat, Scarabea, and Island of Love were all held up of the pace and struggled to land a blow in the home stretch, while Warren’s Candygirl had saved ground on the inside and made ground in the straight without threatening to hit the board after passing fading rivals.

2022 Robert J Frankel Stakes Race Result:

1. QUEEN GODDESS$6.00$3.60$3.00
2. CLOSING REMARKS$6.60$4.40

WINNING TIME: 1 mins 48.35 secs

2022 Las Flores Stakes

Grade 3 – Purse $100,000 – 6 furlongs – Dirt – 3-Year-Olds and Up – Fillies & Mares

Lady T mows down her rivals late to win the Grade 3 Las Flores Stakes, going away at the wire.

As the gates opened, it was clear that this was going to be run at a ferocious pace and it was Doris Mae and Manorelli who were dueling for pole position, and after a furlong, it was the 25/1 shot Manorelli got to the front, followed closely by Anacapa and Violent Runner who was seeking a five-timer.

They went an opening quarter in 21.4 secs and a half flew by in 44.1 secs, which was setting it up for a closer.

Las Flores Stakes Horse Video


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The second favorite and eventual winner LADY T had also broken well but was reined back in the four-lane to sit and stalk just three lengths off the pace. Meanwhile, Flavien Prat had the chalk Samurai Charm nicely positioned on the rail going into the far turn.

Doris Mae had poked her nose in front on the far turn but Manorelli was having none of it and coming into the home stretch and battled back to take the lead, but Lady T was unleashing a run from the four lane and got up late to win going away at the wire.

2022 Las Flores Stakes Race Result

1. LADY T$3.20$2.20$2.20
2. MANORELLI$6.60$3.60
3. DORIS MAE$4.20

WINNING TIME: 1 mins 09.65 secs

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