HEAVILY FAVORED BAST PREVAILS BY A HEAD OVER COMICAL TO WIN GRADE I, $300,000 CHANDELIER STAKES; VELAZQUEZ & BAFFERT TEAM FOR 1 1/16 MILES WIN IN 1:46.10
RACE IS A BREEDERS’ CUP ‘WIN & YOU’RE IN’ CHALLENGE RACE QUALIFIER
ARCADIA, Calif. (Sept. 27, 2019)–Racing as a team from the quarter pole home, heavily favored Bast, who was ridden by John Velazquez, inched clear late to prevail by a head over K P Dreamin and Abel Cedillo in Friday’s Grade I, $300,000 Chandelier Stakes at Santa Anita. Trained by Bob Baffert, Bast got a mile and one sixteenth in 1:46.10.
A Breeders’ Cup “Win and You’re In” Challenge Race qualifier, Bast has a fees-paid berth into the $2 million Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies, to be run on Nov. 1 at Santa Anita.
In winning, Velazquez registered his 661st graded stakes victory, breaking a tie with fellow Hall of Famer Jerry Bailey, making him North America’s all-time leading graded stakes winning jockey.
Attentive to the early pace set by Been Studying Her, Bast was three-deep to the immediate outside of Comical around the far turn and prevailed in a thriller.
Off at 1-5 in a field of six juvenile fillies, Bast past paid $2.40, $2.10 and $2.10.
Owned by Baoma Corp, Bast, Kentucky-bred filly by Uncle Mo, out of the Indian Charlie mare Laffina, came off a rousing 8 ¾ length win in the Grade I Del Mar Debutante and now has two wins from three starts.
In her first try around two turns, she picked up $180,000 for the win, increasing her earnings to $372,200.
Third, beaten 9 ¼ lengths by Bast at Del Mar, Comical, who was ridden for the first time by Cedillo, was off at 11-1 and paid $5.00 and $2.80 while finishing three lengths in front of K P Dreamin.
Ridden by Ruben Fuentes, K P Dreamin was off at 17-1 and paid $4.00 to show.
Leucothea, a 24-1 longshot ridden by Norberto Arroyo, Jr., broke from the outside and unseated Arroyo coming out of the gate.
Fractions on the race were 24.92, 49.54, 1:13.98 and 1:39.29.