Irish-Bred Comanche Country Rallies For Half Length Win In Grade III, $200,000 Surfer Girl
IRISH-BRED COMANCHE COUNTRY RALLIES FOR HALF LENGTH WIN IN GRADE III, $200,000 SURFER GIRL TO REMAIN UNBEATEN IN THREE U.S. STARTS
D’AMATO TRAINEE, RIDDEN BY RISPOLI, HEADED TO $1 MILLION BC JUVENILE FILLIES TURF NOV. 4
ARCADIA, Calif. (Oct. 9, 2022)—Ridden with supreme confidence by Umberto Rispoli, Phil D’Amato’s Irish-bred Comanche Country remained unbeaten in three one mile turf starts in Southern California as she rallied for a half length win in Sunday’s Grade III, $200,000 Surfer Girl Stakes at Santa Anita. With today’s mile on turf completed in 1:35.20, it’s on to the Grade I, $1 million Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf at Keeneland on Nov. 4.
As she did in both her maiden win on July 30 and ungraded stakes victory Sept. 10 at Del Mar, Comanche Country rated kindly in the run to the first turn. Mid-pack, about three lengths off early leader Queenzy in a field of eight juvenile fillies at the half mile mark, Rispoli hugged the rail the to the top of the lane tipped out to the three path and Comanche Country responded with a solid stretch rally to run down Sell the Dream late and win going away.
“This filly, she just continues to get better and better,” said D’Amato, who registered his fourth stakes win on day six of Santa Anita’s Autumn Meet. “Umberto rode her with a lot of confidence. He gave her a nice ground-saving ride, he angled out and she wanted to win today. I think this will buy us a ticket to the Breeders’ Cup (Juvenile Fillies Turf, Nov. 4) at Keeneland.”
Heavily favored at 4-5, Comanche Country paid $3.60, $2.40 and $2.20.
Owned by Little Red Feather Racing, Sterling Stables, LLC and Marsha Naify, Comanche Country, who was winless in two Irish starts, is now three for five overall and with her first graded stakes victory, she picked up $120,000, increasing her earnings to $231,287.
For her part, California-bred Sell the Dream ran too good to lose. A close third at the three furlong pole, she overtook Queenzy inside the eighth pole, opened up a half length but couldn’t hold off the winner late, finishing 1 ½ lengths in front of longshot Bolt’s Broad.
Off at 7-2 with Abel Cedillo, Sell the Dream paid $3.20 and $2.80.
Off at 43-1 with Drayden Van Dyke, Bolt’s Broad paid $9.20 to show.
Fractions on the race were 22.62, 47.22, 1:11.26 and 1:23.19.