ARCADIA, CA., May 2, 2014—Under a confident ride by Rafael Bejarano, odds-on favorite On the Backstreets rolled to a 2 ¼-length victory in the $78,250 Ultrafleet Stakes for 3-year-old fillies at Santa Anita on Friday.
A Pennsylvania-bred daughter of Street Boss trained by Peter Miller for owners Ron Brewer and David Lanzman, On the Backstreets won for the third time from three starts over Santa Anita’s unique downhill turf course at about 6 ½ furlongs, covering the distance in 1:12.08 under 123 pounds on firm going.
La Sorella set the pace to the half-mile marker under Joe Talamo, with splits of 21.42 and 43.56 before Bejarano moved four-wide from third entering the homestretch to the outside for clear sailing.
On the Backstreets accelerated quickly to the wire under a hand ride and was not seriously threatened by runner-up Clenor under Tyler Baze, who won the first three races on the afternoon.
Sushi Empire was third, followed by Saintly Joan, Belle of the Fleet and La Sorella. On the Backstreets returned $2.80 to her backers and earned $46,800, boosting her coffers to $171,294.
“We knew she loves this course, the distance and the grass,” Miller said after the victory. “We were hoping to get a good trip. Rafael gave her a perfect ride. She’s a sweet, gentle filly. I wish we had a barnful like her.”
On the Backstreets was coming off a seventh-place finished in the Grade I Ashland Stakes on Keeneland’s Polytrack April 5. Her two previous victories on Santa Anita’s downhill course included the Sweet Life Stakes on Feb. 15, which she won by the same margin as she did in the Ultrafleet.
Baze swept the first three races Friday, taking the first on Mahalo Princess, the second with Hobbits Hero and the third aboard Rprettyboyfloyd.