HEAVILY FAVORED RAYMUNDOS SECRET GOES GATE TO WIRE IN TAKING $51,000 SANTA ANITA ALLOWANCE FEATURE BY 2 ¾ LENGTHS UNDER FRANCO; TRAINED BY BALTAS, FLORIDA-BRED GETS MILE ON TURF IN 1:34.19
ARCADIA, Calif. (Oct. 4, 2019)–Off at 2-5 and firmly in command throughout, Raymundos Secret registered an impressive 2 ¾ length front-running victory in Friday’s $51,000 Santa Anita allowance feature. Ridden by Geovanni Franco and trained by Richard Baltas, she got a flat mile on turf in 1:34.19.
“It’s nice to be two to five!” said Franco, who picked the mount up earlier today when Flavien Prat took off three mounts on the eight-race program. “She was very handy, very willing. Turning for home, she took care of business.”
Eighth, beaten 4 ½ lengths in the Grade I Del Mar Oaks on Aug. 17, Raymundos Secret, a Florida-bred daughter of Treasure Beach, was heavily favored in a field of seven sophomore fillies and paid $2.80, $2.20 and $2.10.
Owned by Sierra Racing and Sterling Stables, LLC, she picked up her third win from four starts and with the winner’s check of $30,600, increased her earnings to $61,571.
“She broke her maiden back in January at Tampa Bay Downs for $32,000 (maiden claiming), and we bought her then,” said Baltas. “When we got her later that month, we just decided to give her some time, so she got about 60 days and then we brought her in and got her ready for Del Mar.
“Because she broke her maiden for the tag, she was eligible for the starter race ($50,000, July 24) at Del Mar on July 24, which she won pretty easy (by five lengths). We took a shot in the Del Mar Oaks and then we just regrouped and ran her here today. The way she ran, we’ll probably point to the Autumn Miss (Grade III, one mile on turf for 3-year-old fillies on Oct. 26).”
Ridden by Drayden Van Dyke, Vibrance rallied well through the lane to be second. Off at 11-1, she paid $6.80 and $4.20.
Courteous, attentive to the early pace with Joe Talamo up, proved third best and paid $4.40 to show while off at 11-1.
Fractions on the race were 23.89, 46.77, 1:10.06 and 1:22.07.
She’s Our Charm, who was assigned post position seven, broke through the gate twice prior to the start and was subsequently scratched by the stewards. At the time of the declaration, she was 25-1.