ARCADIA, Calif. (May 16, 2015)–Under aggressive handling from Rafael Bejarano, Bob Baffert’s Fantastic Style cruised to a 3 ¼ length win in Saturday’s $75,000 Angels Flight Stakes at Santa Anita. Sent from the gate in a field of five 3-year-old fillies, Fantastic Style set fractions of 22.39, 44.70 and 1:08.10 en route to a final clocking of 1:20.38.
“I knew we were the speed in the race and it looked like the track was pretty fast in the first race,” said Bejarano. “We had a clean break and I decided to take advantage of it and take care of business. She likes to run this way and she gave me a big kick.”
The second choice at 2-1, Fantastic Style paid $6.40, $2.60 and $2.10. Owned by Kaleem Shah, who along with Baffert, is at Pimlico Race Course today to see Santa Anita Derby winner Dortmund run in the Preakness, Fantastic Style returned to Southern California following a third place finish in the Grade II, seven furlong Beaumont Stakes at Keeneland April 12 to register her third win from five starts. With the winner’s share of $47,400, she increased her earnings to $152,000.
“I didn’t necessarily think she would ‘romp’ in here, but I did think she would run well,” said Baffert assistant Mike Marlow. “She made a nice lead and the fast track today just kind of carried her. She ran very well.”
Ridden by Mike Smith and trained by Jerry Hollendorfer, favored Tara’s Tango sat second down the backside and around the turn but could never get on terms with the winner and had to settle for second money, finishing 1 ½ lengths in front of Ben’s Duchess. Off at 3-5, Tara’s Tango paid $2.40 and $2.10.
Ben’s Duchess, who was ridden by Joe Talamo, broke from the far outside and pressured the favorite around the turn but was third best. Off at 9-2, she paid $2.10 to show.
The Angels Flight was carded as the second race on an 11-race Preakness Day card.