Santa Anita weekend Stakes recap offered many exciting races, while three of the Graded events on turf were open to fillies and mares.
First, Brooke Marie ran a blaster in her premier among the G2 competition in the Monrovia Stakes, then Cairo Memories finally delivered in the G3 Providencia among three-year-old fillies, and at the end of the day, Going Global was simply the best in the G2 Royal Heroine Stakes.
In the competitive field of six four-year-old fillies and older mares, Brooke Marie (23-5) scored the G2 turf race held at the distance of six and a half furlongs. The purse of $200,000 attracted participants with almost equal chances to strike gold here, while it was Juan J Hernandez who pushed his mount towards a victory in 1m 13.42s.
After sitting second to Alice Marble (23-10), the leader and Brooke Marie dueled for the win in the final stretch, upon which the Eddie Kenneally bound six-year-old mare prevailed by ½ of a length in her debut in the G2 competition. Alice Marble showed a great effort as well, finishing second well before third Tobys Heart (19-10), who was trying to close on the inside, but not with great success.
As unlucky as she can be, Cairo Memories (29-10) once again showed she’s a classy filly when everything goes in her stride as it was in this turf G3 with the purse of $100,000. Under Mike Smith, Cairo Memories had a great start in this mile and a furlong-long race for three-year-old fillies, and after leading the pack throughout the whole event, she drew clear in the final stretch to cruise to an easy win four and ½ of a length.
The Robert B. Hess jr. bound grey crossed the wire in 1m 47.33s, utterly unchallenged by the rest of her rivals, among who Sterling Crest (13-5) took second, being the best of Richard Baltas’ trio here. His other trainee, Gold Dragon Queen (224-10), was third.
The preferred of Richard Baltas’ charges in the race, Lucky Girl (11-5), galloped on the outside quite close to the front, but as her jockey asked her to quicken in the final turn, she immediately lost her position and ran a disappointing race in fifth.
Royal Heroine Stakes
The last race of the card was meant for four-year-old fillies and older mares who clashed on the turf surface and covered the distance of a mile. With $200,000 up for grabs, only four participants lined up in this G2 where Going Global (30-100) smoothly fulfilled the role of a favorite.
The four-year-old filly trained by Philip D’Amato galloped in second, and as soon as Umberto Rispoli aboard asked her for more, Going Global willingly took command and scored effortlessly in 1m 33.97s. The talented bay left second Javanica (84-10) behind by one and ¾ of a length, while Excelerina (17-5) came home in third.
Saturday’s victory was the sixth Graded success for Going Global, who seems ready to return among the absolute elite of turf specialist mares.
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