ARCADIA, Calif. (Oct. 20, 2016)–Idle since mid-August, California-bred My Fiona smoked from off the pace to take Thursday’s $55,000 Santa Anita allowance feature by 3 ½ lengths under Fernando Perez. Bred and owned in-part by Terry Lovingier, the Gary Sherlock-trained filly by Ghostzapper got 6 ½ furlongs in 1:17.19.
Breaking from her outside post position six, she sling-shotted from next to last turning for home and took the lead inside the sixteenth pole.
“She was very relaxed today, just like Gary thought she would be,” said Perez. “I wanted to get her running away from the gate, but she was going at her own pace. At the three eighths, she started picking them up and she ran great.”
A well beaten 10th going a mile on turf at Del Mar on Aug. 14, My Fiona, who is also owned by Tom Beckerle and Amanda Navarro, was off at 7-2 in an open field of six fillies and mares three and up and paid $9.40, $4.20 and $2.60.
A three-time stakes winner versus state-breds, My Fiona now has six wins from 15 overall starts. With the winner’s share of $42,900, she now has earnings of $474,743. (And, her bottom line will be further augmented by a Cal-bred incentive bonus of $16,500).
“This is the way she wants to run,” said Lovingier in the Winner’s Circle. “As a 2-year-old, she showed a lot of speed, but she’s much better now as a come from behind sprinter. I want to give Gary a lot of credit for the way he’s developed her. We’ll run her next time in the Betty Grable at Del Mar (seven furlongs versus Cal-breds on Nov. 13).
Ridden by Santiago Gonzalez, Brainspin was head and head outside of Ponder Lea and Ultimate Holiday early, took the lead mid-way around the turn and was second best, finishing 1 ½ lengths clear of Ponder Lea as she stayed on her left lead through the stretch run. Off as the 2-1 favorite, she paid $3.60 and $2.40.
Ponder Lea, who broke from the rail with Martin Garcia, was off at 5-2 and paid $2.40 to show.
Fractions on the race were 21.47, 44.16 and 1:10.43.
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