FAVORED FAITHFULLY DELIVERS IN $70,500 SANTA LUCIA STAKES; RIDDEN BY BEJARANO & TRAINED BY BAFFERT, SHE WINS BY 2 ½ LENGTHS WHILE GETTING 1 1/16 MILES IN 1:43.17

 

                ARCADIA, Calif. (June 4, 2017)–An attentive third going into the Club House turn, Bob Baffert’s Faithfully kicked into gear around the far turn and waltzed to a facile 2 ½ length win under Rafael Bejarano in Sunday’s $70,500 Santa Lucia Stakes at Santa Anita.  Owned by John Sikura’s Hill ‘n’ Dale Equine Holdings, Inc. and Bruce Lunsford, she got a mile and a sixteenth in 1:43.17.

Off at 8-5 in a field of five fillies and mares three and up, she paid $5.20, $3.40 and $2.40.

“We knew she was training really well but we felt that yesterday (Grade I Beholder Mile) was a bit too steep for her,” said Baffert.  “I wanted to get her confidence going.  She’ll have to run against those fillies and mares next time, but I like the way she’s progressing this year.”

Idle since running second in her second start of the year, a one mile allowance here on April 14, Faithfully, a 4-year-old Kentucky-bred filly by Smart Strike, picked up $42,300 for the win, increasing her earnings to $156,960.  With the Santa Lucia being her first stakes win, her overall mark now stands at 8-3-4-0.

“We were in a good position early and I was very confident from the three eighths pole home,” said Bejarano.  “She’s been training really good for Bob the last three weeks and I had a lot of confidence in her today.”

Ridden by Mike Smith, Street Surrender ran from off the pace and easily overtook Coppa a furlong out and finished second by a half length over Plastered.  Off at 7-2, Street Surrender paid $4.00 and $2.60.

Ridden by apprentice Evin Roman, Plastered, who sat second most of the trip, finished 2 ¼ lengths clear of Coppa and paid $3.80 to show.

Fractions on the race were 23.76, 47.22, 1:11.84 and 1:36.73.