ARCADIA, Calif. (Oct. 15, 2017)–Trained by Keith Desormeaux and ridden by his Hall of Fame brother Kent, Beautiful Shot took aim from off the pace and ran heavily favored Mourinho down in the final sixteenth of a mile to win Sunday’s $70,000 Speakeasy Stakes by 1 ¼ lengths while covering six furlongs over Santa Anita’s main track in 1:10.82.
Breaking on top from the far outside in a field of six 2-year-olds, it appeared conditions were to order for the favorite, as he sat outside a three-horse spread going into the far turn and shook loose five sixteenths of a mile from home, but Beautiful Shot was just beginning to unwind his stretch rally from next to last at that point and was a menacing third at the top of the lane.
“With most racing on any level, it’s all about pace,” said Keith Desormeaux, in reference to sizzling splits of 21.32, 44.55 and 57.31. “I don’t know what kind of horse, especially a 2-year-old, that can maintain a 44 (second) pace. Kent won the race by judging the pace properly and that’s why he’s in the Hall of Fame.”
Off as the 4-1 second choice, Beautiful Shot, a first-out maiden winner on Aug. 27, paid $10.00, $2.60 and $2.20.
Owned by Calumet Farm, Beautiful Shot, a Florida-bred colt by the Tapit stallion Trappe Shot, sold for $105,000 at the Ocala Breeders 2-year-old in Training Sale this past April. In getting his second win from as many starts, he picked up $43,080, which increased his earnings to $79,080.
“He broke terrible in his first start and he broke a bit slow today,” said Kent. “…I thought they were rolling in front so I just let them go. I cut the corner and he got covered in sand…When I presented him (turning for home), he just took off. He can run.”
Trained by Bob Baffert and ridden by Martin Garcia, who was pinch hitting for Mike Smith, Mourinho, who was an impressive first-out maiden winner here on Sept. 30, was the overwhelming favorite, but stopped badly to finish second, two lengths in front of a late running Here is Happy.
Off at 1-5, Mourinho paid $2.10 and $2.10.
Ridden by Joe Talamo, who unlike Smith, was able to make connections returning from Keeneland this morning, Here is Happy was off at 18-1 and paid $3.00 to show.
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