ARCADIA, Calif. (June 28, 2014)–Breaking from post 10, jockey Elvis Trujillo was able to sit second early and save ground for the majority of the trip en route to a neck victory in 1:35.27 in Saturday’s Grade II, $200,000 Royal Heroine Stakes for fillies and mares at Santa Anita.
With speedy Kathleen Rose setting fractions of 23.72, 47.66 and 1:11.20, Parranda, trained by Jerry Hollendorfer, was a close third at the rail behind “Kathleen” and longshot Dutchessa around the far turn and wheeled three-wide turning for home.
Third as the 2-1 favorite in the Grade I, 1 1/8 miles Gamely Stakes on May 26, Parranda was off at 2-1 in the field of 10 and paid $6.20, $3.60 and $2.80.
“Elvis rode a real good race, real smart and helped us to win the race,” said Hollendorfer. “We wanted to try and get out of (the gate) and be tactical.”
Trujillo, who had won twice aboard Parranda, at Monmouth Park on July 4, 2013 and at Gulfstream Park versus Florida-breds on Sept. 28, replaced Corey Nakatani.
“Yeah, I’m happy with today,” said Trujillo. “I was comfortable that she could finish strong. I knew I had a lot of speed and I was going to move at the five-eighths. Desormeaux’s horse (Dutchessa) being up there with Kathleen Rose really helped us today. I sat off those two and then moved.”
Owned by Campbell, Clark, Gatto Racing, LLC, Hollendorfer and Skoda, Parranda got her 10th win from 24 starts and picked up $120,000, increasing her earnings to $668,655.
Ridden by Edwin Maldonado, Kathleen Rose battled gamely through the drive to finish second, finished two lengths in front of Moulin de Mougin, who was handled by Mike Smith.
Off at 4-1, Kathleen Rose paid $5.00 and $4.00.
“She ran awesome, she’s doing really well,” said Maldonado. “We got chased a little bit by a horse that didn’t have any shot in the race (Dutchessa), otherwise I think I would have been there on the wire. I thought I would be alone on the lead.”
Off at 20-1, Moulin de Mougin rallied from mid-pack to finish a half length in front of Gary Stevens and Wishing Gate. Moulin de Mougin paid $6.60 to show.