ARCADIA, Calif. (Oct. 5, 2014)–Heavily favored Her Emmynency unleashed a devastating turn of foot turning for home and powered to a 2 ¾ length win in Sunday’s $100,000 Surfer Girl Stakes at Santa Anita. Ridden by Joe Talamo and trained by Mike Stidham, the Kentucky-bred filly by Successful Appeal clearly stood out over 11 juvenile fillies as she got one mile on turf in 1:34.77.
Second in the seven furlong, Grade I Del Mar Debutante Aug. 30, she was attentive to the pace through fractions of 22.25, 46.22, 1:10.86 and 1:23.09, and was full of run around the far turn. When pacesetting Devil’s Beauty drifted off the rail at the top of the lane, Talamo pounced on the opportunity and the race, for all intents and purposes, was over.
“Mike and his assistant, Chris (Davis), they’ve done such a great job with her, getting her ready,” said Talamo. “I’ve been working her since Del Mar. She’s a very classy filly, so professional. She doesn’t act like she’s only two. I’ve seen her turn of foot in the mornings, so I was confident that she would get a mile or more.”
Off at even money, Her Emmynency paid $4.20, $3.00 and $2.80. Owned by Ike and Dawn Thrash, she tried two turns and turf for the first time in her third start. She got her second win and bagged $60,000 for the win, increasing her earnings to $165,000.
A Del Mar stakes winner at one mile on turf Sept. 1, She’s Complete was the second choice at 7-2 and finished a solid second wide-out, a length and a quarter in front of Bobbi Grace and Drayden Van Dyke.
Ridden by Rafael Bejarano, She’s Complete paid $3.40 and $2.80.
“She was a little bit shy, a little bit green and I lost a lot of ground, but with a big field and these babies, I didn’t want to get stopped,” Bejarano said. “We’re really happy with the way she ran.”
Off at 8-1, Bobbi Grace was mid-pack going into the far turn and finished 2 ¼ lengths in front of Sea Mona. Bobbi Grace paid $5.00 to show.
Racing resumes on Thursday at Santa Anita as the track will embark upon a special five-day week of racing. Special Columbus Day racing will be offered on Monday and first post time throughout the week will be at 1 p.m.