The $200K Santa Maria Stakes (G2) was won by AS TIME GOES BY, ridden by Mike Smith, trained by Bob Baffert, owned by Michael B. Tabor, Mrs. John Magnier, Derrick Smith — in a stretch duel to the wire.
AS TIME GOES BY broke well for Mike Smith and took a tracking trip behind MISS STORMY D, who cleared the lead by a length and set early fractions of 23.83, 47.12. AS TIME GOES BY made an early move leaving the backside, with CE CE tailing her three-wide, and THIS TEA, at 23-1, getting in contention. When they straighten for home, THIS TEA hooks up with AS TIME GOES BY and battles every step of the way but comes up a nose short, as AS TIME GOES BY finds enough to hold her at bay. MISS STORMY D held for third. The final time for the one mile and one-sixteenth was 1:43.77.
"She'll get more out of this race," jockey Mike Smith said. "After she ran so well last time out, they kind of backed off her a little bit. She's a big mare with a big frame and she'll tend to gain some weight and I could tell she was a little more stocked today. She got a little tired, but she'll get a whole lot out of that."
AS TIME GOES BY was coming off a win in the Santa Margarita Stakes at the Grade 2 level. Prior to that she finished second in the Beholder Mile Stakes at Grade 1 company. The four-year-old Filly is continuously improving her speed figures and competitiveness.
"Right now, with the Breeders' Cup at Del Mar, we wanna keep her here and run her here in the fall," trainer Bob Baffert said. (Horse Racing Nation)
AS TIME GOES BY paid $2.80 to win, $2.10 to place, and $1.00 to show. She is by AMERICAN PHAROAH out of TAKE CHARGE LADY by DEHERE. She earns her second graded stakes win in a row, pushing her earnings to $380,600, while achieving her highest speed figure to date.
The $100K Honeymoon Stakes (G3) was won by GOING GLOBAL, ridden by Flavien Prat, trained by Philip D'Amato, owned by Saul Gevertz, Michael Nentwig, Ray Pagano, CYBT — with an explosive turn of foot.
GOING GLOBAL broke well for Flavien Prat and settled toward the rear of the field, while the group pushed an early tempo of 22.89 and 45.66 for opening quarters. It was 21-1 longshot PIZZAZZ loose on the lead at the backstretch, showing the way to a strung-out field. It was almost ten or twelve lengths from front to back. As they approached the turn, GOING GLOBAL got a dream run up the rail, found daylight in the stretch, and then exploded home to win by six lengths. GOLDEN got up for second, MIDNIGHT DIVA finished third. The final time for the one mile and one-eighth over the firm turf was 1:46.
"I think that she's a filly that is just blossoming before our eyes right now," trainer Philip D'Amato said.
"Each performance, I thought was better than the next and this one I thought, was many lengths better than the last. It's just exciting to have a filly like this going into Del Mar and hopefully, the sky's the limit." (Mike Willman, Paulick Report)
GOING GLOBAL paid $3.60 to win, $2.40 to place, and $2.20 to show. She is by MEHMAS out of WROOD by INVASOR. She wins her fifth consecutive race and third graded stakes overall since arriving in the U.S. just this year. She pushes her earnings to $248,792, while achieving a new top speed figure.
The $100K Cinema Stakes was won by HUDSON RIDGE, ridden by Abel Cedillo, trained by Bob Baffert, owned by Double L. Racing and Natalie J. Baffert — in an impressive score.
HUDSON RIDGE was bothered significantly at the start, but recovered for Abel Cedillo, and took a tracking trip in second behind JIMMY IRISH, who caused the disturbance. The field went went 23.49 and 48.07 for opening splits. HUDSON RIDGE turns up the pressure and seizes command at the top of the stretch. SWORD ZORRO swings into action, while AIRMAN commences his rally from the back of the pack. But HUDSON RIDGE accelerates nicely down the lane, shrugging off the late challenges for the win. SWORD ZORRO finished second, AIRMAN third. The final time for the one mile and one-eighth over the turf was 1:49.06.
"I got to give Abel's agent, Tom Knust, the credit for this one," said trainer Bob Baffert. "I nominated for the race, but I wasn't planning on running here and he said we should, that the horse had trouble last time and that he'd fit well with these horses. The break, I don't know what happened. It was crazy."
Abel Cedillo also commented on HUDSON RIDGE's previous race.
"Last time, I should have won the race, but in the stretch, I got in a little trouble," said jockey Abel Cedillo. "My agent told Bob there was a stake coming up and to let me ride him back. I think (the start) affected my horse a little because that took me a little wide, but thank God, I put him in a perfect position. I just followed the speed (Jimmy Irish) and in the stretch I had a lot of horse." (Christine Oser, Bloodhorse)
HUDSON RIDGE paid $13.60 to win, $6.20 to place, and $3.20 to show. He is by AMERICAN PHAROAH out of SHELL HOUSE by GALILEO. He earns his first stakes race and pushes his earnings to $75,140.
Source: Equibase, Christine Oser, Blood Horse, Mike Willman, Paulick Report, Horse Racing Nation