HILLHOUSE HIGH UP TO WIN GRADE II, $200,000 ROYAL HEROINE STAKES BY A HALF LENGTH UNDER NAKATANI; TRAINED BY BALTAS, SHE GETS MILE ON TURF IN 1:33.61
ARCADIA, Calif. (April 8, 2017)–Ridden by Corey Nakatani, Hillhouse High overtook pacesetter Juno inside the sixteenth pole and held off her late charging stablemate Mokat to win Saturday’s Grade II, $200,000 Royal Heroine Stakes by a half length. Trained by Richard Baltas, Hillhouse High negotiated one mile on turf in 1:33.61.
Off at 7-1 in a field of seven older fillies and mares, Hillhouse High paid $16.80, $8.40 and $6.20. A 6-year-old Kentucky-bred mare by Exchange Rate, Hillhouse High, who is owned by Golden Eagle Farm Investment, LP, improved her overall mark to 23-4-6-6. With the winner’s share of $120,000, she increased her earnings to $441,113.
Last throughout, long striding Mokat shifted to the middle of the track a furlong out and just missed as she was surging late under Rafael Bejarano while finishing a neck in front of Juno. Off at 10-1, Mokat paid $10.20 and $7.40.
Ridden by Kent Desormeaux, Brazilian-bred Juno was sent from her rail post and ended up third, three quarter of a length in front of favored Harmonize, who had no apparent excuses. Off at 10-1, Juno paid $7.60 to show.
Fractions on the race were 22.56, 45.67, 1:10.09 and 1:21.72.