ARCADIA, Calif. (Feb. 24, 2017)–With the inner rail set at 30 feet, Place des Vosges took command a quarter mile from home en route to a one length win under Corey Nakatani in Friday’s $56,000 allowance feature at Santa Anita. Based in the Midwest throughout 2016, she made her third start for trainer Richard Baltas and got a mile and a quarter over a firm turf in 2:00.65.
Off at 7-2 in a field of nine older fillies and mares, Place des Vosges, who was adding blinkers after two races without them, paid $9.80, $4.60 and $4.00.
“It took a while getting here, but she ran good today,” said Nakatani, who has been aboard the 5-year-old Pleasantly Perfect mare in all three of her Southern California starts. “We took blinkers off, we put ’em on, we tried the mud one time, but Richard and his team have done a great job getting her to this point. I just decided to be patient and let her tell me when and it worked out.”
Owned by Abbondanza Racing, LLC, Place des Vosges, who sat a close second throughout behind Sweet Dragon Fly into the far turn, improved her overall mark to 22-3-6-3. With the winner’s share of $33,600, she increased her earnings to $172,464.
Ridden by Brice Blanc, English-bred Radiantly was far back early and rallied resolutely through the drive to finish second, a half-length in front of Sweet Dragon Fly. Off at 5-1, Radiantly paid $6.60 and $4.60.
Off at 23-1 with Joe Talamo, English-bred Sweet Dragon Fly just held third by a nose over Lucy De and paid $9.80 to show.
Ridden by Kent Desormeaux, 6-5 favorite Lady Pamela loomed menacingly around the far turn but faltered badly the final three sixteenths to finish seventh.
Fractions on the race were 23.75, 48.51, 1:12.84 and 1:36.79.