Raymundos Secret & Maxim Rate Head Sunday’s Grade II, $200,000 Goldikova Stakes

RAYMUNDOS SECRET & MAXIM RATE HEAD SUNDAY’S GRADE II, $200,000 GOLDIKOVA STAKES AT ONE MILE ON TURF

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ARCADIA, Calif. (Oct. 22, 2020)–In top form and bidding for her third consecutive win, trainer Phil D’Amato’s Raymundos Secret, along with Simon Callaghan’s classy Maxim Rate, head a field of seven fillies and mares three and up going one mile on turf in Sunday’s Grade II, $200,000 Goldikova Stakes at Santa Anita.

A gutty gate to wire winner of the Grade II John C. Mabee Stakes going a mile and one eighth on turf Sept. 5, Raymundos Secret should relish the cutback in distance, as she’s won four out of her five starts at a flat mile.

Second in the Grade I Rodeo Drive at a mile and one quarter on turf here Sept. 26, Maxim Rate has three wins from six tries at one mile on grass and will be ridden by Umberto Rispoli, who guided her to a pair of wins this past summer at Del Mar.

RAYMUNDOS SECRET

Owner:  Sierra Racing & Sterling Stables, LLC

Trainer:  Phil D’Amato

Idle since October of last year, this 4-year-old Florida-bred filly was off at 4-5 and stalked the pace en route to taking a second condition allowance by a neck at one mile on turf Aug. 14 in what was her first start for D’Amato.  Off as the 7-5 favorite in the Grade II Mabee on Sept. 5, she held sway by a neck under Flavien Prat, who rides on Sunday and is now a perfect three for three with her.  A first-out maiden $32,000 claiming winner at one mile on grass Jan. 16, 2019, Raymundos Secret now has five wins from seven starts as she bids for her second consecutive Grade II victory.

MAXIM RATE

Owner:  Slam Dunk Racing & James D. Branham

Trainer:  Simon Callaghan

A one mile turf allowance winner on July 10 at Del Mar, this 4-year-old Exchange Rate filly gutted out a game neck victory in an ungraded stakes going a mile and three eighths on Aug. 16.  Most recently second, beaten 1 ¼ lengths in the Grade I Rodeo Drive at a mile and one quarter on turf Sept. 26 with Luis Saez, she’ll be reunited with Rispoli on Sunday as she seeks her second graded stakes victory.  With an overall mark of 12-4-3-0, she has earnings of $282,185.

THE GRADE II GOLDIKOVA STAKES WITH JOCKEYS & WEIGHTS IN POST POSITION ORDER

Race 9 of 11   Approximate post time 4:30 p.m. PT

  1. Hang a Star–Victor Espinoza–122
  2. Maxim Rate–Umberto Rispoli–124
  3. Raymundos Secret–Flavien Prat–126
  4. Atomic Blonde–Mike Smith–122
  5. Zee Drop–Mario Gutierrez–122
  6. Silberpfeil–Juan Hernandez–124
  7. Tonahutu–Abel Cedillo–122

First post time for an 11-race card on Sunday, which is closing day of Santa Anita’s current Autumn Meeting, is at 12:30 p.m.  There will be mandatory payouts in the 20 cent Rainbow Pick Six Jackpot and all other exotic wagers.  Santa Anita’s races and entire simulcast production can be viewed live and free of charge at