LEMOONA ROLLS LATE TO TAKE $75,000 POSSIBLY PERFECT STAKES BY A NECK UNDER GUTIERREZ, TRAINED BY BALTAS, SHE GETS 1 ¼ MILES ON TURF IN 2:02.18
ARCADIA, Calif. (June 16, 2019)–Zayat Stables’ Lemoona unleashed a furious stretch rally to get up and win Sunday’s $75,000 Possibly Perfect Stakes at Santa Anita by a neck. Ridden by Mario Gutierrez, who collected his second win on the day and trained by Richard Baltas, the 4-year-old daughter of Lemon Drop Kid got a mile and one quarter on turf in 2:02.18.
Next to last and about four lengths off the lead with a quarter mile to run, Lemoona rallied wide turning for home and in an all-out stretch drive, overhauled her more fancied stablemate Pantsonfire as well as runner-up Mirth.
A 5 ¼ length allowance winner going a mile and one eighth on turf two starts back on April 6, Lemoona was beaten some 28 ¾ lengths on dirt in the Grade II, 1 1/8 miles Santa Margarita Stakes on April 27.
Off at 4-1, she paid $10.00, $6.40, and $3.80 .
Bred in Kentucky and out of the Kingmambo mare Singita, Lemoona picked up her first ever stakes while improving her overall mark to 13-4-1-2. With the winner’s share of $45,900, she increased her earnings to $217,445.
Quick out of the gate with a hillside start, Mirth tracked early pacesetter Pulpit Rider to the far turn, took the lead at the quarter pole and held everyone at bay except the winner while finishing three quarters of a length in front of favored Pantsonfire.
Off at 8-1, Mirth, who was ridden by Martin Garcia, paid $8.20 and $3.80.
Ridden by Flavien Prat, Pantsonfire was attentive to the pace while third turning for home, but was third best as the 9-5 favorite.
Fractions on the race were 25.20, 50.31, 1:14.89 and 1:38.89.