HEAVILY FAVORED GINGHAM RELAXES EARLY AND RALLIES TO TAKE $57,000 SANTA ANITA ALLOWANCE FEATURE BY THREE QUARTERS OF A LENGTH UNDER VAN DYKE; TRAINED BY BAFFERT, SHE GETS MILE IN 1:39.36
ARCADIA, Calif. (Jan. 3, 2020)–Well beaten in a Grade I stakes Dec. 7, Bob Baffert’s Gingham had blinkers removed and responded with an impressive last to first stretch rally to win Friday’s $57,000 allowance feature by three quarters of a length. Ridden by Drayden Van Dyke, the 3-year-old Quality Road filly got a flat mile in 1:39.36.
“She was a little keen last time at Los Alamitos,” said Baffert assistant Jimmy Barnes, in reference to Gingham’s fourth place finish in the Grade I Starlet Stakes. “So we took the blinkers off today and it helped her settle today.”
A one mile maiden winner two starts back here on Oct. 31, Gingham, who is out of the Pulpit mare Chapel, was off at 3-5 in a field of five sophomore fillies and paid $3.40, $2.20 and $2.10.
“I looked at the video of her when Rosario rode her (maiden win on Oct. 31) and this is how she wants to run,” said Van Dyke. “Once I tipped her out there from behind horses turning for home, she took off. Taking the blinkers off today definitely helped.”
Ridden by Joel Rosario, Savvy Gal showed the way until collared by the winner three sixteenths of a mile from home and in a game effort, fought back at the rail to finish 5 ¾ lengths clear of Rare Find. Off at 2-1, Savvy Gal paid $2.60 and $2.20.
Ridden by Abel Cedillo, Rare Find was off at 7-1 and paid $2.40 to show.
Fractions on the race were 23.37, 47.58, 1:12.86 and 1:25.77.
Racing resumes with a 10-race card on Saturday. First post time is at 11:30 a.m., with admission gates opening at 9:30 a.m. For additional information, please visit santaanita.com or call (626) 574-RACE.