Santa Anita Recap
May Day Rose scores in scratch-reduced Santa Ysabel
Trainer Bob Baffert summed up Sunday's $92,000 Santa Ysabel S. (G3) at Santa Anita with one simple remark: "It was a good race for her, a good workout for her."
The Hall of Fame conditioner was of course referring to Kaleem Shah's MAY DAY ROSE (Rockport Harbor), who faced only two rivals in Sunday's test following the scratches of Zazu (Tapit) and Plum Pretty (Medaglia d'Oro). The filly proceeded to turn the race into a procession.
Taking command from the start, the bay lass established splits of :23 2/5, :47 2/5, 1:11 2/5 and 1:36 while under tight restraint from jockey Rafael Bejarano. As Bluegrass Chatter (Bluegrass Cat) and Scarlet Starlet (Congrats) duked it out for second, May Day Rose rolled under the line 1 1/4 lengths the best, stopping the clock in 1:42 4/5 for the 1 1/16-mile fast dirt affair.
"She's got a lot of natural speed and we made the lead pretty easy," Bejarano said. "I wanted to stay quiet on her and get her to relax early and she did. Bob (Baffert) said that he missed a work with her and she got a little tired the last part. I usually don't do it when I know we're going to win, but I hit her just a couple times to keep going."
"That's her style. She wants to run on the lead and she got the job done," Baffert agreed. "I missed a work with her during the rain, so I was hoping her class would carry her, and it did today.
"Watching her today, I think she's the kind of filly that probably wants to be let run a little bit earlier. She's the kind of filly that will take her speed and go 46 and change and keep going. She's more of a free-running spirit."
May Day Rose was sent off the prohibitive 1-20 favorite and returned a paltry $2.10 after place and show wagering were canceled. The $1 exotics returned $1.50 for both the exacta and trifecta, with 9-1 Bluegrass Chatter overtaking 24-1 Scarlet Starlet by a neck on the wire.
Zazu and Plum Pretty were withdrawn in favor of running in the seven-furlong Santa Ynez S. (G2) on Saturday.
May Day Rose could reappear in the Las Virgenes next month (Benoit Photos)
May Day Rose's credentials towered over her two maiden-winning rivals. The sophomore broke her maiden last September at Del Mar and proceeded to add the Sharp Cat S. to her resume in November. She stalked the pace of the Hollywood Starlet S. (G1) last out, briefly taking over in the lane, but was no match for Eclipse Award finalist Turbulent Descent (Congrats) and faded to fourth. This first graded score boosted May Day Rose's earnings to $184,555 and her career record now stands at 5-3-1-0.
Bred in Florida by Bridledwood Farm, May Day Rose passed through the sales ring twice. She RNAed for $30,000 as an OBS March two-year-old but brought a winning bid of $220,000 from her trainer, acting as agent, in the OBS June two-year-old sale. She is out of the unraced Pine Bluff mare May Day Bluff, whose first foal was dual stakes winner May Day Vow (Broken Vow). May Day Bluff has since produced an unnamed juvenile colt by Put It Back and a yearling colt named May Day Cash (Midnight Lute).
The 12-year-old mare is herself out of the unraced May Day Ninety (Alydar), making her a half-sister to dual Grade 3 heroine Roza Robata (Fire Maker), stakes winner Burger Day (Vicksburg) and Grade/Group 3-placed winners Maggie Slew (Seattle Slew) and Go Underground (Skip Trial).
May Day Rose's third dam is May Day Eighty (Hoist the Flag), who captured the 1983 editions of the Delaware H. (G1) and Arlington Matron H. (G3).
Baffert indicated May Day Rose could try for a Grade 1 win herself in the February 5 Las Virgenes S. (G1) going a mile.
On the California worktab
Grade 1 star SIDNEY'S CANDY (Candy Ride [Arg]), a 7 1/4-length romper in the Sir Beaufort S. (G3) last time out, sizzled five furlongs in :58 over Santa Anita's fast track on Sunday. Jockey Joel Rosario was aboard for the move, which tied for the third-fastest of 52 works at the distance. The John Sadler trainee is now listed as probable for Saturday's San Fernando S. (G2).
Last year's Strub S. (G2) hero JERANIMO (Congaree), who ended the season with a convincing victory in the San Gabriel S. (G2), traveled three panels in :37 2/5.
M ONE RIFLE (One Man Army), winner of the 2009 Malibu S. (G1), motored a half-mile in a bullet :46 1/5, fastest of 32 works at the distance. The Bruce Headley charge was last seen checking in fourth in the Triple Bend H. (G1) in July.
Multiple Grade 2 victress BRIECAT (Adcat), most recently a 5 1/2-length romper in the Treasure Chest S., blazed five furlongs in :57 4/5.
English Group 1 veteran CROWDED HOUSE (GB) (Rainbow Quest), a fine runner-up in the Pacific Classic (G1) over the summer but exiting a disappointing last in the Goodwood S. (G1), zipped six panels in 1:11 2/5.
Grade 2 hero FERNELEY (Ire) (Ishiguru) exercised in 1:11 4/5. The 2009 Woodbine Mile (Can-G1) runner-up made only start in 2010, recording an unplaced finish in the Wickerr S. at Del Mar.
Potrero Grande H. (G2) victor VENTANA (Toccet) sizzled his six furlongs in a bullet 1:10 1/5 from the gate. The Bob Baffert charge has not raced since finishing fourth in the Churchill Downs S. (G2) on Kentucky Derby Day.
Beverly Hills H. (G3) queen TURNING TOP (Ire) (Pivotal), a near-miss third in the Las Palmas H. (G2) and runner-up in the Yellow Ribbon S. (G1) in her past two, covered three-eighths in :37 2/5.
Grade 2 winner METEORE (Pulpit), third in the Citation H. (G2) two back, ripped in :35 3/5.
Eddie Logan S. star SILVER MEDALLION (Badge of Silver) strolled a half-mile in :53 4/5.
Nashville S. scorer INDIAN FIREWATER (Indian Charlie), best of the rest behind Sidney's Candy in the Sir Beaufort, sped in :47 2/5.
CIGAR MAN (Drewman), who gave trainer Vladimir Cerin his 1,000th victory in the All American S. (G3), smoked five panels in :58 2/5.
Will Rogers S. (G3) hero LEROY'S DYNAMEAUX (Leroidesanimaux [Brz]), last seen checking in sixth in the La Jolla H. (G2), completed his trial in 1:01 3/5.
Grade 2-placed CAPTAIN CHEROKEE (Sir Cherokee), exiting an optional claiming score at Churchill, went in 1:01 1/5.
Providencia S. (G2) runner-up ANDINA (Ire) (Singspiel [Ire]), benched after her fourth in the American Oaks (G1), clocked 1:01 4/5.
Beverly J. Lewis S. romper SUBSIDIZED (Ghostzapper), fourth in the Playa del Rey S., worked in 1:02 1/5.
Cinderella S. winner SHE'LL HEIR (Wildcat Heir), ninth in the Darley Debutante S. (G1) in her last appearance, traveled in 1:01 4/5.
Over Hollywood Park's Cushion Track, Hollywood Derby (G1) victor HAIMISH HY (Ecton Park) worked six furlongs in 1:13 1/5.
Smart Churchill maiden winner ANTHONY'S CROSS (Indian Charlie) drilled five-eighths in :59 2/5 in preparation for his stakes debut in Saturday's Sham S. (G3).
Multiple Grade 1-placed stakes scorer MAKE MUSIC FOR ME (Bernstein), an allowance winner most recently, turned in the same time as he eyes the San Fernando.
ASH ZEE (Exchange Rate), last seen finishing second in the Indiana Oaks (G2), reeled off three panels in :36 1/5.
Grade 3-placed stakes veteran EMMY DARLING (Graeme Hall), seventh in the Chilukki S. (G2) in her latest, zipped five furlongs in a bullet :59, best of 16 at the distance.
Up north at Golden Gate Fields, multiple stakes heroine ANTARES WORLD (Decarchy) negotiated five-eighths on the Tapeta in 1:01. Runner-up in the American Oaks over the summer, the Steve Specht trainee filled the same spot in the recent Pacific Heights S.
Gold Rush S. conqueror POSITIVE RESPONSE (Pomeroy) blitzed in 1:00 in advance of a possible tilt at Saturday's California Derby.
Multiple stakes diva CATHY'S CRUNCHES (West Acre), run down late as the 1-2 favorite in the California Oaks, stretched her legs in :50 4/5 for four panels.
OUR NAUTIQUE (NZ) (Pins), who rebounded from a third in the All American S. (G3) to capture an allowance, was caught in :49 4/5.
Alcatraz S. victor HUDSON'S LANDING (Maria's Mon), second to Our Nautique in that allowance, posted :49 2/5.
Group 3-placed multiple stakes winner MOUDEZ (Ire) (Xaar), second in a stakes-quality allowance when last seen in September, completed his move in :48 4/5.
Real Good Deal S. scorer GOGGLES MCCOY (In Excess [Ire]), coming off a fifth in the California Cup Sprint, sped three furlongs in :36 3/5.
Grade 3-placed stakes hero POSSE POWER (Posse), sidelined since his third in the Emerald Downs Derby, finished up in :38.
Four-time stakes heroine LADY RAILRIDER (Ride the Rails), runner-up in the California Cup Matron S. as the defending champ two back, worked five in 1:01 4/5.
Multiple stakes victor LUCKARACK (Lucky Pulpit), off the board in his past three but nominated to the California Derby, drilled six panels in 1:13.
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