FORMERLY BASED IN THE MIDWEST, SHE BECOMES FIRST THREE-TIME WINNER AT CURRENT MEET
ARCADIA, Calif. (Feb. 24, 2018)–In her first stakes assignment, longshot Mongolian Shopper delivered her third consecutive win down Santa Anita’s unique hillside turf course, as she pressed the early pace en route to half length win in Saturday’s $70,000 Wishing Well Stakes under Stewart Elliott. Trained by Ganbat Enebish and owned by his family’s Mongolian Stable, Mongolian Shopper got 6 ½ furlongs on turf in 1:13.01.
“That’s the best horse in his barn, that’s what he says,” said Elliott, who rode the 5-year-old Kentucky-bred mare by Any Given Saturday for the first time today. “She went to the lead easily with two different jockeys (Flavien Prat on Jan. 7 and Rafael Bejarano on Feb. 3) and she just looked like she did what she had to do.
“He (Enebish) didn’t say much in the paddock. I think she’ll stretch out, but I hate to see him change it though. She’s won three in a row down the hill so I don’t think I’d change anything…If it’s not broke, don’t fix it.”
The longest shot in a field of eight older fillies and mares at 23-1, Mongolian Shopper paid $48.20, $17.80 and $9.20.
“I told Stewart, ‘Just ride her like you rode Smarty Jones in the Kentucky Derby (2004),” said an energized Enebish. “I like this track. I like the weather and I love California.”
Based in Kentucky prior to arriving at Santa Anita in December, Mongolian Shopper became the Winter Meet’s first three-time winner and improved her overall record to 23-7-3-1. With the winner’s share of $43,440, she increased her earnings to $187,767.
Ridden by Tyler Conner, Princess Princess rallied boldly up the rail and was getting to the winner on the money while finishing second, three quarters of a length in front of Malibu Stacy. Off at 13-1, Princess Princess paid $13.00 and $8.00.
In close attendance early under Corey Nakatani, Malibu Stacy held off the late charge of Miss Southern Miss by a half length and paid $6.40 to show.
Bob Baffert’s Samba Inc, a Group I winner in her native Argentina, was the heavy favorite at 6-5 in her U.S. debut, but had little to offer through the drive and finished last.
Fractions on the race were 22.27, 44.63 and 1:06.95.
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