ENCHANTING LADY WINS $75,000 SANTA PAULA STAKES BY 2 ¼ LENGTHS AS DERBY TEAM OF BAFFERT, SHAH & GARCIA EXECUTE EASTER SUNDAY DÉJÀ VU

 

FAVORED SENSITIVELY FALLS AFTER WIRE, SENDING TALAMO TO HOSPITAL FOR EXAM

ARCADIA, Calif. (April 5, 2015)–Enchanting Lady cut back in distance, took a steep drop in class and responded with a 2 ¼ length win in Sunday’s $75,000 Santa Paula Stakes and in less than 24 hours, reunited the winning Santa Anita Derby connections of trainer Bob Baffert, owner Kaleem Shah and jockey Martin Garcia. Breaking from the outside in a field of six 3-year-old fillies, Enchanting Lady stalked favored Sensitively into the far turn, took the lead approaching the quarter pole and finished up 6 ½ furlongs in 1:15.01.

“The last few days have been a lot fun,” said Shah. “I named this filly after my wife and she really came through today. I had a lot of confidence coming into today. Bob told me she’s good sprinting and hopefully she can continue to move forward off of this.”

A rousing 6 ¼ length winner of the 5 ½ furlong Landaluce Stakes as a maiden on June 22, Enchanting Lady came off the bench to run fifth in the Grade III, 1 1/16 miles Santa Ysabel Stakes Feb. 28. The second choice in the wagering at 3-1, she paid $8.60, $4.20 and $2.80. The Santa Paula was her second win from four tries and with the winner’s share of $46,080, she increased her earnings to $134,280.

I think she wants to run six, six and half, or seven (furlongs),” said Garcia. “When she ran the other day, she really needed that race and it helped. We had good results today.”

Trained by Jerry Hollendorfer and ridden by Mike Smith, Tara’s Tango was second best, finishing three lengths clear of Ben’s Duchess. Off at 3-1, Tara’s Tango paid $4.80 and $3.20.

Ridden by Drayden Van Dyke, Ben’s Duchess finished third at 5-1 and paid $3.60 to show.

Ridden by Joe Talamo, Sensitively, who was off at 6-5, stopped badly a furlong out and fell shortly past the wire, unseating Talamo, who was transported to Huntington Memorial Hospital in Pasadena for examination. Sensitively got up right away and appeared uninjured.

Racing resumes at Santa Anita on Thursday, with first post time at 1 p.m. Admission gates open at 11 a.m.

 

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