FAVORED PAINTING CORNERS ROMPS BY 1 ½ LENGTHS IN $75,000 MIZDIRECTION STAKES AS TALAMO & MILLER COMBINE FOR FIVE FURLONG TURF VICTORY IN 56.30
ARCADIA, Calif. (April 13, 2019)–Breaking sharply from the rail, heavily favored Painting Corners was never out of the strike zone on Saturday at Santa Anita, as she rolled to an impressive gate to wire score in the $75,000 Mizdirection Stakes, which was run at five furlongs on grass. Ridden for the first time by Joe Talamo and trained by Peter Miller, the 5-year-old Florida-bred mare by Pleasant Strike won by 1 ½ lengths while getting the distance in 56.30.
“She broke sharp and took it to ’em,” said Talamo. “She’s very quick out of the gate and we got a little breather there around the turn. She could feel Bejarano’s filly (third place finisher Go On Mary) on her outside, but when we straightened up, she switched leads and we were gone.”
Most recently fourth, beaten 6 ½ furlongs by her highly accomplished stablemate Belvoir Bay in the five furlong turf Wishing Well Stakes Feb. 16, Painting Corners was off at 4-5 in a field of five older fillies and mares and paid $3.60, $2.20 and $2.10.
“Joe rode a very smart race,” said Miller. “She doesn’t like to be on the rail much, but he broke sharp and he just went on with it…He cut the corner and saved something for the stretch, so great ride by Joe and the whole team did a great job with this filly…She might go to Kentucky and we’re even thinking about the Monrovia (Grade II, 6 ½ furlongs hillside turf on May 26).”
Owned by Altamira Racing Stable and Slam Dunk Racing, Painting Corners, in her first stakes victory, picked up $46,500 for her efforts, increasing her earnings to $265,227. Out of the Gimmeawink mare Adorable Heidi, Painting Corners is now 18-6-2-4 overall.
Next to last, about six lengths off the lead heading into the far turn, English-bred Poster Girl leveled nicely late and outran Go On Mary for the place by 1 ¼ lengths. Ridden by Evin Roman, Poster Girl was off at 9-2 and paid $3.00 and $2.20.
Ridden by Rafael Bejarano, Go Mary tried to press the winner early and paid the price, as she tired through the drive to finish third by 2 ¾ lengths over Algorhythmic. Off at 9-5, Go On Mary paid $2.20 to show.
Fractions on the race were 21.18 and 44.21.