Baffert’s Der Lu Takes $59,000 Santa Anita Allowance Feature By 3 ½ Lengths; Ridden By Cedillo, She Goes Gate To Wire And Gets 1 1/16 Miles In 1:44.12
ARCADIA, Calif. (Feb. 14, 2020)–A nose loser in a Grade III stakes Jan. 11, Bob Baffert’s Der Lu went to the front and never looked back in Friday’s $59,000 Santa Anita allowance feature, winning by 3 ½ lengths under Abel Cedillo while getting a mile and one sixteenth in 1:44.12.
Breaking from post position two, Der Lu was away sharply and took a 1 ½ length advantage over 1-2 favorite First Star around the Club House turn. Leaving the three furlong pole, the margin was cut to one length, but turning for home, Der Lu opened up by more than two lengths and the race was, for all intents and purposes, over with three sixteenths of a mile to run.
“When you ride these horses for Baffert, you try to break good and they do the rest,” said Cedillo, who was aboard the 4-year-old daughter of Orb for the first time. “She was comfortable and we had plenty left at the top of the stretch.”
Most recently second, beaten a nose by highly regarded Queen Bee to You in the Grade III La Canada Stakes Jan. 11, Der Lu was the second choice today in a field of five older fillies and mares and paid $5.60, $2.60 and $2.10.
Owned by Baoma Corporation, Der Lu, who is out of the Forestry mare Taboo, picked up her third win in six starts and with the winner’s share of $35,400, increased her earnings to $165,300.
First Star, idle since running fourth in the Grade I La Brea Stakes at seven furlongs Dec. 28, never got on terms with the winner and was second best, finishing 2 ¾ lengths in front of Kaydetre. Ridden by Drayden Van Dyke, First Star paid $2.10 and $2.10.
Kaydetre, who tracked in third position throughout, was off at 13-1 with Brice Blanc up and paid $2.40 to show while finishing 3 ½ lengths clear of Starr of Quality.
Fractions, set by the winner, were 23.43, 47.24, 1:11.71 and 1:37.33.
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