CALIFORNIA-BRED SPICED PERFECTION RALLIES TO WIN GRADE I, $300,000 LA BREA STAKES BY 1 ¼ LENGTHS AS PRAT & KORINER TEAM FOR SEVEN FURLONG TALLY IN 1:23.54
ARCADIA, Calif. (Dec. 26, 2018)–Unimpeded while four-wide turning for home, Califorina-bred Spiced Perfection proved she belongs in elite company as she powered to a 1 ¼ length win in Wednesday’s Grade I, $300,000 La Brea Stakes. Ridden by Flavien Prat and trained by Brian Koriner, the 3-year-old daughter of Smiling Tiger got seven furlongs in 1:23.54.
Breaking from the far outside in a field of eight, Spiced Perfection sat just behind a four-horse spread that included 3-5 favorite Dream Tree heading to the three furlong pole. As Emboldened, ridden by Joe Talamo, slipped through on the rail around the far turn, Dream Tree fell out of contention a quarter mile out, leaving Hot Autumn, Happy Like a Fool and Emboldened to the winner’s immediate inside at the top of the lane.
A seven furlong Cal-bred stakes winner Nov. 11 at Del Mar, Spiced Perfection, who was facing graded stakes competition for the first time, was off at 5-1 and paid $12.80, $6.20 and $4.00.
Owned by Dare to Dream, LLC, Spiced Perfection notched her sixth win from 14 starts and with the winner’s share of $180,000, increased her earnings to $622,405.
Hot Autumn, ridden by Tyler Baze, completed a Cal-bred exacta, as the daughter of Tiz Wonderful finished a head in front of Emboldened for the place. Off at 33-1, Hot Autumn paid $22.60 and $8.00.
Emboldened, who like favored Dream Tree, is trained by Bob Baffert, finished 1 ¾ lengths in front of Happy Like a Fool and paid $6.40 to show while off at 10-1.
Fractions on the race were 22.68, 45.68 and 1:10.47.