FAVORED ELYSEA’S WORLD RALLIES TO WIN GRADE III, $100,000 SANTA ANA STAKES BY A HALF LENGTH UNDER VAN DYKE; TRAINED BY BALTAS, IRISH-BRED MARE GETS 1 ¼ MILES ON TURF IN 1:59.24
ARCADIA, Calif. (March 30, 2019)–Unhurried while next to last a quarter mile out, Drayden Van Dyke stepped on the gas turning for home en route to an impressive half length win aboard favored Elysea’s World in Saturday’s Grade III, $100,000 Santa Ana Stakes at Santa Anita. Trained by Richard Baltas, the 6-year-old Irish-bred mare got a mile and one quarter on turf in 1:59.24.
Most recently sixth in the Grade II, one mile turf Buena Vista Stakes on Feb. 23, Elysea’s World, in her second start for Baltas, was off as the 2-1 favorite in a field of seven older fillies and mares and paid $6.20, $3.60 and $3.00.
Owned by Abbondanza Racing, LLC, Christopher Dunn and Jerry McClanahan, Elysea’s World, who had made 21 out of her first 22 starts for eastern-based conditioner Chad Brown, registered her third graded stakes win today and with the winner’s share of $60,000, increased her earnings to $626,573. Headquartered currently at San Luis Rey Downs Training Center, Elysea’s World is now 24-7-5-3 overall.
The second choice at 5-2, Irish-bred Zaffinah rallied from off the pace to take a half length advantage a sixteenth out, but couldn’t hold off the winner. Ridden by Rafael Bejarano, Zaffinah finished a half length in front of Lynne’s Legacy and paid $3.60 and $2.80.
Ridden by Alonso Quinonez, Lynne’s Legacy was off at 18-1 and paid $4.80 to show.
Fractions on the race were 23.96, 47.01, 1:10.85 and 1:34.95.