Santa Anita Sunday
BEJARANO SWEEPS SANTA ANITA SUNDAY
In doing so, she ran to her odds as the 1-2 favorite, gave jockey Rafael Bejarano a sweep of the day's two stakes, and further enhanced her status as a 3-year-old filly to follow.
Mildly Offensive ($3) stalked leader California Nectar on the backstretch, took the lead on turn and won by 4 1/4 lengths in a hand-ride from Bejarano, the meeting's second-leading rider. Earlier in the day, he won the San Luis Rey Stakes on Juniper Pass
Mildly Offensive ran 6 1/2 furlongs in 1:15.70 on a sloppy track.
'That was amazing,' trainer Carla Gaines said. 'Nothing bothers her. Weird.'
Mildly Offensive was never far from the lead despite racing in the middle of the track on the backstretch. Bejarano kept a hold of Mildly Offensive until the turn when she responded when urged to zoom past California Nectar.
'My filly was the best filly in the race,’ Bejarano said. 'When the horse on the lead started lugging out a little bit, I tried to get to the rail, save a little ground and let her run in the stretch.'
Hout Bay, who like Mildly Offensive won her debut against maidens earlier this year, closed from fifth in a field of six to finish second, 5 1/4 lengths ahead of 18-1 Justenufappeal. Tiz the Route, California Nectar, and Joe Ja completed the order of finish.
California Nectar won two sprint stakes in the division earlier this year, but faded through the stretch in the Santa Paula after dueling through early fractions of 21.55 and 43.81 seconds.
Mildly Offensive, by Distorted Humor, has earned $92,400 for owner Warren Williamson.
by Steve Andersen
ON THE CALIFORNIA WORKTAB
Santa Maria S. (G2) and fourth in the Santa Margarita Invitational (G1) in her past two, worked three furlongs in :37 4/5 under Joe Talamo for trainer Mike Mitchell.
San Fernando S. (G2) victor INDIAN FIREWATER (Indian Charlie), most recently fourth in the Strub S. (G2) and Santana Mile S., traveled four furlongs in :48 4/5.
Victory Ride S. (G3) vixen RAPPORT (Songandaprayer), last seen finishing second in the November 6 Dream Supreme S., logged five-eighths in 1:00.
Grade 3-placed stakes winner SOUL CANDY (Birdonthewire), fourth in the Santa Anita H. (G1) last out, covered five furlongs in 1:00 4/5.
Grade 2-placed ASH ZEE (Exchange Rate), sixth in the Clocker's Corner H. in her debut for Neil Drysdale, exercised three-quarters in 1:15 1/5.
Multiple stakes queen LADY RAILRIDER (Ride the Rails), winner of her past two in allowances, negotiated five furlongs in 1:03 on the Tapeta at Golden Gate Fields.
Grade 1-placed multiple stakes vixen ANTARES WORLD (Decarchy), beaten a neck by Lady Railrider last time, posted five panels in 1:00 3/5.