We had an action-packed weekend of horse racing at the Great Race Place! Through Saturday and Sunday there were seven stakes races that got off the ground, with the highlight races being the Santa Anita Derby and Santa Anita Oaks. If you missed out on the action, we've got the details for you in our rundown.
The $750K Santa Anita Derby (G1) was won by ROCK YOUR WORLD, ridden by Umberto Rispoli, trained by John Sadler, owned by Hronis Racing LLC and Talla Racing LLC — in dazzling display! Took them gate to wire, never giving them a chance.
ROCK YOUR WORLD broke evenly and was hustled to the front by Umberto Rispoli, where they were joined by PARNELLI and MEDINA SPIRIT to their outside. The leaders pushed the opening quarter in a quick 22.42, followed by a half in 46.11. ROCK YOUR WORLD showed the way, leading by half a length from the rail as they raced through the backside. They raced unchanged into the turn for home. With three furlongs to go, Umberto Rispoli gives ROCK YOUR WORLD some rein and he accelerates, widening his lead to three lengths as they hit the stretch. Now MEDINA SPIRIT uncorks his rally with DREAM SHAKE to his inside who's already under heavy ride. They others are of no consequence. In the final two furlongs, it is ROCK YOUR WORLD still running the strongest! He draws away from MEDINA'S SPIRIT to win by almost five lengths. DREAM SHAKE was two lengths back in third. The final time for the one mile and one-eighth event was 1:49.17.
ROCK YOUR WORLD paid $12.40 to win, $4.60 to place, and $3.40 to show. He is by CANDY RIDE out of CHARM THE MAKER by EMPIRE MAKER. He's a perfect 3-for-3 and pushed his earnings to $546,600. He earns 100 qualifying points for his Road to the Kentucky Derby. and moves to 6th on the Derby Leaderboard.
The $400K Santa Anita Oaks (G2) was won by SOOTHSAY, ridden by Flavien Prat, trained by Richard Mandella, owned by Claiborne Farm — battling back to defeat BEAUTIFUL GIFT in an exciting stretch duel!
SOOTHSAY broke well but conceded the lead to MORAZ, who showed the way through opening fractions of 24.34 and 49.04. The four of them raced compact, just three lengths separating them front to back. SOOTHSTAY makes an early move, shooting up the rail with Flavien Prat to vie for the lead. The pace quickens and there's now three of them in a line in front: SOOTHSAY, MORAZ, and BEAUTIFUL GIFT. When they turn for home, SOOTHSAY and BEAUTIUL GIFT go on with it. For a moment it looks like BEAUTIFUL GIFT has the better momentum, but SOOTHSAY digs in gamely! She fights to keep herself in front and ultimately outfinishes BEAUTIFUL GIFT by half a length at the wire. MORAZ was five lengths back in the third. The final time for the one mile and one-sixteenth was 1:44.35.
SOOTHSAY paid $10.40 to win, $3.60 to place. She is by DISTORTED HUMOR out of SPELLBOUND by BERNARDINI. She's a perfect 2-for-2 at Santa Anita with earnings pushed to $276,600. She earns 100 qualifying points for the Kentucky Oaks. which will move her up to sixth in the Oaks Leaderboard.
The $200K Royal Heroine Stakes (G2) was won by CHARMAINE'S MIA, ridden by Flavien Prat, trained by Philip D'Amato, owned by Agave Racing Stable and Rockin Robin Racing Stables — in a gate to wire victory!
CHARMAINE'S MIA broke the best and secured the lead for Flavien Prat. She showed the way through early fractions of 22.59 and 46.02. They raced strung out through the backside, about ten lengths between them. As they turned for home, CHARMAINE'S MIA was still running strongly in front, maintaining a one-length advantage with her ears pricking back and forth. Now DOG TAG gets going from the back of the pack and moves into contention. She looks full of run but finds herself with some traffic trouble. When they straighten for the stretch, CHARMAINE'S MIA spurts clear to lead by three lengths, with DOG TAG bearing down on her with every stride. But CHARMAINE'S MIA had the jump and had plenty in the tank to secure the victory. She holds off DOG TAG's late rally for second. WARREN'S SHOWTIME ran on for third.
The final time for the one mile on turf was 1:33.76.
CHARMAINE'S MIA paid $3.20 to win, $2.40 to place, and $2.10 to show. She is by THE FACTOR out of CHARMING VIXEN by BERNSTEIN. She earns her third graded stakes victory in a row, all of them from Santa Anita Park. Her earnings now exceed $470K.
The $100K Providencia Stakes (G3) was won by GOING GLOBAL, ridden by Flavien Prat, trained by Philip D'Amato, owned by CYBT, Ray Pagano, Michael Nentwig, Saul Gevertz — with a powerful turn of foot!
GOING GLOBAL was bounced around at the start but recovered under Flavien Prat to race fourth in mid pack. They ran a comfortable pace of 24.38 for the quarter, 49.00 for the half. GOING GLOBAL traveled the backside along the 3path and got into a relaxing rhythm. She ranged up toward the leaders as they get to the turn, without even being asked. When they straighten for the stretch, Flavien Prat cuts his filly loose and she bursts forward with good energy. CLOSING REMARKS rallied along the rail to momentarily challenge the new leader but GOING GLOBAL's momentum was much too strong; she beats CLOSING REMARKS by a neck in a clear cut score. SENSIBLE CAT ran on for third. The final time for the one mile and one-eighth over the turf was 1:48.50.
The $150K Echo Eddie Stakes was won by THE CHOSEN VRON, ridden by Mike Smith, trained by J. Kruljac, owned by J. Eric Kruljac, Richard Thornburgh, John Sondereker, Robert Fetkin — in a convincing score; rolling right on by the leaders in deep stretch.
THE CHOSEN VRON did not break the best and was shuffled toward the rear before recovering to race in midpack for jockey Mike Smith. The leaders set the pace of 21.84 for the quarter and 44.87 for the half. The field was semi-strung out, about seven lengths from front to back. Then they turned for home, THE CHOSEN VRON was making good ground but still had GOOD WITH PEOPLE and LETSGETLUCKY to catch. He angles into the clear and with a tremendous late kick, he powers home for the win. GOOD WITH PEOPLE had to settle for second, LETSGETLUCKY, third. The final time for the six and one half furlongs was 1:15.80.
THE CHOSEN VRON paid $3.20 to win, $2.60 to place, and $2.10 to show. He is by VRONSKY out of TIZ MOLLY by TIZ WONDERFUL. His record is now 2 wins and 1 third from 3 total starts, with earnings pushed to $150,600.
The $150K Evening Jewel Stakes was won by BECCA TAYLOR, ridden by Flavien Prat, trained by Steven Miyadi, owned by Nicholas B. Alexander — in an impressive score. She came roaring off the turn and held off FI FI PHARAOH'S late charge.
BECCA TAYOLOR broke alertly and flashed early speed to race among the leading flight under Flavien Prat. But it was PRAY FOR MY OWNER who emerged with the lead and set opening fractions of 21.47 and 44.67. They were wingingin up front, racing strung out by almost ten lengths front to back. Turning for home, BECCA TAYLOR ranges up to the lead under a hand ride, and responds instantly when Prat says go. She kick away to lead by five lengths with half a furlong left. FI FI PHAROAH came flying late but BECCA TAYLOR showed no signs of stopping and coasted through the wire. FI FI PHAROAH has to settle for second, I'M SO ANNA finished third. The final time for the six and one-half furlongs was 1:17.15.
BECCA TAYLOR paid $5.00 to win, $3.40 to place, and $2.60 to show. She is by OLD TOPPER out of LADY SAX by GENERAL MEETING. She's now won four consecutive races and pushed her earnings to $190,800.
The $100K Las Flores Stakes (G3) was won by GAMINE, ridden by John Velazquez, trained by Bob Baffert, owned by Michael Lund Petersen — in easy score; hand ridden to victory.
It was a small field of four and GAMINE broke the fastest for John Velazquez. She was permitted an uncontested lead through opening fractions of 22.74 and 45.77. GAMINE breezed through the backstretch, dictating the tempo to her liking. As they turned for home her ears were pricking back and forth, with no danger around her. John Velazquez shakes the reins at her at the top of the stretch and she responds by opening up by five lengths. She cruises to an easy win, with QAHIRA running second, BIDDY DUKE, third. The final time for the six furlongs on dirt was 1:09.52.
GAMINE paid $2.10 to win. She is by INTO MISCHIEF out of PEGGY JANE by KAFWAIN. She wins her comeback race from her Breeder's Cup Filly and Mare Sprint (G1) victory back in November 2020. Her earnings now exceed $942,000.