UPSTART DANUSKA’S MY GIRL WINS GRADE III, $100,000 LAS FLORES STAKES AT 20-1 AS FRANCO & HOLLENDORFER TEAM FOR SIX FURLONG SCORE IN 1:10.23
ROSARIO, O’NEILL & HRONIS RACING, LLC TOP THEIR RESPECTIVE CATEGORIES THROUGH 47 DAYS;
SPRING/SUMMER PORTION OF CURRENT MEET TO RESUME ON FRIDAY, WITH FIRST POST AT 1 P.M.
ARCADIA, Calif. (April 7, 2019)–Under aggressive handling from Geovanni Franco, Jerry Hollendorfer’s Danuska’s My Girl registered a 3 ¼ length win in Sunday’s Grade III, $100,000 Las Flores Stakes at Santa Anita. Sent from the gate in her first stakes assignment, the 5-year-old Kentucky-bred mare by Shackelford got six furlongs in 1:10.23.
Head and head the first eighth of a mile with even money favorite Dream Tree, Danuska’s My Girl had a one length advantage on the favorite a quarter mile out and widened through the lane in a visually impressive effort.
“Danuska’s got such a big heart,” said Franco. “I knew it the second time I rode her, she showed me she had lots of heart. Today, the only way to steal this race was to just go. I knew she would fight them off whenever they got close to her and she sure did.
“She could feel (runner-up) Emboldened coming and she just kept on going. I let her know Dream Tree was coming and she responded well, she was still finishing strong.”
Now a perfect three for three with Franco, Danuska’s My Girl had been idle since registering a front-running three quarter length one mile allowance win here on Jan. 11. Off at 20-1 in a field of 10 older fillies and mares, Danuska’s My Girl paid $43.20, $15.60 and $8.60.
Owned by Bad Boy Racing, LLC, the winner, who is out of the Dayjur mare Amaday, picked up $60,000 for the win, increasing her earnings to $198,810. Now three for four at six furlongs, Danuska’s My Girl is now 13-4-2-4 overall.
“No question, Geovanni’s made a big difference with this mare,” said Dan Ward, assistant to Hollendorfer. “We like the way he rides. He’s aggressive and they run for him. We nominated to this race, because it looked like all the top sprinters ran last week in the Beholder Mile (Grade I, March 30).”
Ridden by Joe Talamo, Emboldened who was far back early, took on the role of the “other Baffert” as she was entered in the shadow of Dream Tree. Idle since running a big third in the Grade I, seven furlong La Brea Stakes Dec. 26, she made a solid late run, finishing second by a neck over Show It N Moe It.
The second choice at 4-1, Emboldened paid $5.60 and $3.80.
Show It N Moe It, the lone California-bred in the lineup, kept to her task in game fashion late and finished a head in front of Lady Suebee. The narrow third choice at 4-1, Show It N Moe It paid $3.40 to show.
ROSARIO TOP JOCK, O’NEILL LEADING TRAINER & HRONIS RACING LLC IS LEADING OWNER
With the Winter portion of Santa Anita’s current 47-day meet drawing to a close jockey Joel Rosario topped Flavien Prat by a 56-52 margin, and will thus be the recipient of Santa Anita’s coveted Golden Whip Award. Rosario, 34, capped his successful run with victory aboard the John Sadler-conditioned Gift Box in the 82ndrunning of the Grade I, $600,000 Santa Anita Handicap on Saturday. A native of the Dominican Republic, Rosario was also Santa Anita’s Winter Meet leader in 2011 and 2012.
Prat, a 24-year-old native of Melun, France, led all jockeys in the stakes-won department, as he posted 12 added money victories, four more than Rosario.
Doug O’Neill, 50 led all trainers with 29 wins, four more than John Sadler, who had 25. O’Neill also led all Winter Meet conditioners in 2005, 2006 and 2007 and thus collected his fourth training title.
Hall of Famer Jerry Hollendorfer enjoyed another solid meet, as his stable registered seven stakes wins, including a victory in Saturday’s Grade II, $200,000 Royal Heroine Stakes with Vasilika.
Hronis Racing, LLC totally dominated in the owners’ division, both by races and money-won. With a total of 18 wins at the meet, they finished 12 wins in front of both Reddam Racing, LLC and Nick Alexander. In the money-won category, Hronis Racing, aided by yesterday’s $600,000 Big ‘Cap win with Gift Box, amassed $1,325,015 in earnings from 64 starters–double Speedway Stable LLC’s $642,245.
With the Spring/Summer portion of the current meet scheduled to run through June 23, Santa Anita will conduct two consecutive three-day race weeks over the next two weekends, with first post time each day at 1 p.m. The track will be open for simulcast wagering on Wednesday and Thursday, beginning at 10 a.m. the Grandstand Paddock Room.
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