MISS SOUTHERN MISS RALLIES FROM OFF THE PACE TO WIN $58,000 SANTA ANITA ALLOWANCE BY A 1 ¼ LENGTHS AS THE DESORMEAUX BROS. TEAM FOR 6 ½ FURLONG HILLSIDE TURF WIN IN 1:13.43

 

ARCADIA, Calif. (Jan. 25, 2018)–Beaten a combined 20 lengths in her last two starts, Miss Southern Miss split horses while five-wide turning for home under Kent Desormeaux to take Thursday’s $58,000 Santa Anita allowance feature by 1 ¼ lengths.  Trained by Keith Desormeaux, Miss Southern Miss, who cut back in distance out of a pair of one mile turf stakes, negotiated 6 ½ furlongs down the hillside turf course in 1:13.43.

“It’s hard to believe on pedigree, but she’s a sprinter,” said Keith Desormeaux.  “She’s by More Than Ready and she’s out of Stormy Atlantic mare…but she’s a sprinter.  It’s good to have her back.  It was nice to see him get through between horses and not stop her momentum.  It’s been frustrating her last two races.  We knew she was better than that.”

Off at 7-1 in a field of nine older fillies and mares, Miss Southern Miss paid $17.80, $9.20 and $6.40.

Owned by Peter Cantrell and bred in Kentucky, 4-year-old Southern Miss is now 10-3-2-0 and with the winner’s share of $34,800, she increased her earnings to $213,520.

Desormeaux also said that he would like to keep Miss Southern Miss on the hillside turf and would point her to the $70,000 Wishing Well Stakes here on Feb. 24.

In a three-way blanket photo for the minors, Blame It On Alphie prevailed by a nose for the place over Irish-bred Zaffinah.  Ridden by Drayden Van Dyke, Blame It On Alphie was off at 7-1 and paid $8.60 and $5.60.

Zaffinah finished a head in front of Lake Time for third money and paid $8.60 to show with Rafael Bejarano up.

Lake Time, with Joe Talamo aboard, finished fourth, a nose in front of 6-5 favorite Spin Me a Kiss, who tired late under Corey Nakatani.

Fractions on the race were 22.07, 44.61 and 1:07.61.

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