Up In Time Strong At A Mile
UP IN TIME IS STRONG AT A MILE
Race distance is key for Up In Time, who won her second stakes of 2011 in Sunday’s $100,000 Harold Ramser Handicap at Santa Anita.
At a mile, she has proven tough to beat. Past a mile, she’s vulnerable.
In the Ramser for 3-year-old fillies, Up In Time ($12.40) closed from fifth in a field of 11 to win by 1 1/4 lengths over 7-1 Celestial Kitten. Up In Time ran a mile on turf in 1:34.25.
In July, she won the Grade 2 San Clemente Handicap for 3-year-old fillies over a mile on turf at Del Mar. She followed that win with a seventh in the Grade 1 Del Mar Oaks over 1 1/8 miles on turf on Aug. 20.
“She’s a fast filly and cutting back in distance really helps her,” trainer Simon Callaghan said.
Ridden by Martin Garcia, Up In Time was fifth on the backstretch, racing just behind pacesetter Tales in Excess, who set early fractions of 23.06 and 46.67 seconds. Garcia moved Up In Time closer to the front on the turn and challenged new leader Celestial Kitten going past the eighth pole. In the final furlong, Up In Time pulled clear.
“She took me where I wanted to be,” Garcia said. “I put her behind another horse and she was really nice.”
Bauble Queen, a 9-2 shot, finished third, with 9-5 favorite Sarah’s Secret only fifth in the field of 11. The winner of the Grade 2 Honeymoon Handicap at Hollywood Park in June, Sarah’s Secret raced on the rail to the final turn and was not a threat in the stretch.
Up In Time has won 4 of 10 starts and $198,576 for Anthony Ramsden and Three Chimneys Farm. By Noverre, Up In Time won a maiden race at Newmarket, England, in September 2010, and has won 3 times in 7 starts for Callaghan this year. Her first win in the United States came in a six-furlong allowance race on turf at Hollywood Park in May.
by Steve Andersen
On the California worktab
Grade 1 star Comma to the Top (Bwana Charlie), who exited his trailing effort in the Kentucky Derby with an injury, worked a half-mile in :51 2/5 over Hollywood Park's Cushion Track on Sunday.
Trainer Peter Miller is thinking about the Grade 1 Malibu Stakes, the traditional opening day feature at Santa Anita, on December 26.
"He looks great," Miller said, "and we're hoping to run him at least once at the Hollywood fall meet, and perhaps set him up for the Malibu."
Multiple Grade 2-placed stakes veteran Lilly Fa Pootz (Gilded Time), unplaced in her last four, sped in :48 1/5.
At Santa Anita, Grade 1 winner A Z Warrior (Bernardini) motored three furlongs in :35 3/5 on the fast main track. The Bob Baffert filly exits a disappointing fourth in the Grade 2 Indiana Oaks.
Grade 3 diva Turning Top (Pivotal), fourth in the Grade 1 Yellow Ribbon, covered four panels in :49 3/5.
Pirate's Bounty dead-heater Mensa Heat (Unusual Heat), third in the Grade 1 Ancient Title, strode three-eighths in :36 4/5.
Great Lady M. heroine Givine (Blackdoun), runner-up in the Grade 3 Sen. Ken Maddy, was caught in :37.
Love Theway Youare (Arch), unplaced thrice since her third in the Grade 2 Hollywood Oaks, traveled five furlongs in 1:01 1/5.
Grade 2-placed stakes victress Burg Berg (Johannesburg), last seen finishing fifth in the Grade 3 Wilshire, scampered three panels in :39 on the fast training track.
Up north at Golden Gate Fields, Grade 3 San Francisco Mile winner Our Nautique (Pins) blitzed a half-mile in :47 3/5 on the Tapeta.
Goggles McCoy (In Excess), who was awarded his second stakes victory in the Jess Jackson Owners' via disqualification, posted :49 1/5.
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