HEAVILY FAVORED BELVOIR BAY DELIVERS IN SATURDAY’S $70,000 WISHING WELL STAKES AS SHE ROMPS BY 4 ¾ LENGTHS UNDER ROSARIO; TRAINED BY MILLER, SHE GETS FIVE FURLONGS ON A ‘GOOD’ TURF IN 56.39
DUE TO RECENT RAINS, RACE IS SHIFTED FROM 6 ½ FURLONGS ON HILLSIDE TURF TO TURF OVAL
ARCADIA, Calif. (Feb. 16, 2019)–Conditions were to order for heavily favored Belvoir Bay on Saturday at Santa Anita, as she dominated eight rivals in powering to a 4 ¾ length win in the $70,000 Wishing Well Stakes under Joel Rosario. Originally scheduled for 6 ½ furlongs down the hillside turf course, the Wishing Well was transferred to five furlongs on the turf oval due to heavy recent rains. Owned by Gary Barber and trained by Peter Miller, the 6-year-old English-bred mare got the distance over a turf listed as “good” in 56.39.
“I felt very confident,” said Rosario. “She broke out of there very nice. Gary (Barber) said ‘Let her do her thing, let her be happy,’ and she came with a tremendous run, it was easy. She broke nice and was in-hand the whole time, she’s just the best.”
A sharp 1 ¼ length winner of the Las Cienegas Stakes at 6 ½ furlongs on a wet-fast main track on Jan. 12, Belvoir Bay was off at 3-5 and paid $3.40, $2.60 and $2.40.
With the Wishing Well victory, the amazing Belvoir Bay collected her 10thcareer stakes win and her sixth win from nine starts over the Santa Anita turf. With the winner’s share of $43,260, she increased her earnings to $685,787. With 10 of her 11 wins coming on turf, Belvoir Bay now has an overall mark of 24-11-4-2.
Although never a threat to the winner, longshot Lady Suebee kept to her task and finished second by 1 ¼ lengths over A Little Bit Me. Ridden by Agapito Delgadillo, Lady Suebee was off at 14-1 and paid $7.80 and $7.40.
Ridden by Geovanni Franco, A Little Bit Me was off at 9-1 and paid $4.20 to show.
Hall of Fame jockey Mike Smith, who was unseated shortly after the break aboard number one, Poster Girl, checked out 100 percent physically following the race, according to his agent, Brad Pegram.
Fractions on the race were 22.02 and 44.82.
Today’s Wishing Well Stakes was named in honor of the dam of 1989 Horse of the Year Sunday Silence, who won that year’s Santa Anita Derby, Kentucky Derby, Preakness Stakes and Breeders’ Cup Classic.