CALIFORNIA-BRED WINNER BAGS CAL-BRED BONUS OF $9,540 IN OPEN COMPANY
ARCADIA, Calif. (Oct. 18, 2018)–Ridden by Edwin Maldonado, California-bred Spin Me a Kiss pressured favored Dominating Woman from the opening bell and prevailed by a half length in Thursday’s $53,000 Santa Anita allowance feature. Trained by Phil D’Amato, the 4-year-old daughter of Hard Spun got 6 ½ furlongs down the hillside turf course.
“I just told the owner, that with the Cal-bred bonus, this is like winning a mini-stake,” said D’Amato. “It really is a great incentive. This filly just needed some freshening, and she’s back on her game now. We’ll look for some Cal-bred stakes.”
Winless in five starts this year and most recently a close third at the second condition allowance level going five furlongs on turf at Del Mar Aug. 24, Spin Me a Kiss was off at 5-1 in a field of eight fillies and mares three and up and paid $12.40, $4.80 and $3.40.
Owned by Francie Nilforushan and bred in California by Terry Lovingier, Spin Me a Kiss, who is out of the Awesome Gambler mare River Kiss, picked up $41,340 for the win, $9,540 of which is a California-bred or sired incentive bonus for winning in open company. With the win, she now has earnings of $225,407 and her overall mark stands at 14-4-3-2.
Racing as a team for the final half mile, Dominating Woman, who was ridden by Flavien Prat, took significant pace pressure from the winner, who engaged her aggressively to her immediate outside. Off as the 7-5 favorite, Dominating Woman finished 1 ½ lengths in front of Zaffinah and paid $3.00 and $2.60.
Ridden by Rafael Bejarano, Irish-bred Zaffinah was dispatched at 9-1 and paid $4.60 to show.
Fractions on the race were 21.52, 43.22 and 1:05.62.