WITH SMITH IN CHARGE, LONGSHOT MIRTH GOES GATE TO WIRE TO TAKE GRADE I, $300,000 RODEO DRIVE STAKES BY 1 ¼ LENGTHS; TRAINED BY D’AMATO, COLONEL JOHN FILLY GETS 1 ¼ MILES ON TURF IN 1:58.47
RACE IS A BREEDERS’ CUP ‘WIN & YOU’RE IN’ CHALLENGE RACE QUALIFIER
ARCADIA, Calif. (Sept. 28, 2019)–With legendary “Big Money” Mike Smith dealing the cards on the front end, 9-1 longshot Mirth registered an impressive 1 ¼ length victory in Saturday’s Grade I, $300,000 Rodeo Drive Stakes at Santa Anita. Trained by Phil D’Amato, who won the Grade II John Henry Turf Championship earlier in the day, Mirth, a 4-year-old Pennsylvania-bred daughter of Colonel John, got a mile and one quarter on turf in 1:58.47.
Most recently a non-threatening fifth at 1 3/8 miles on turf at Del Mar Aug. 16, Mirth, who was ridden for the first time today by Smith, paid $14.20, $6.20 and $3.40.
Out of the French Deputy mare Di’s Delight, Mirth, who by virtue of her win today earns a fees-paid berth in the $2 million Breeders’ Cup Filly & Mare Turf on Nov. 2 at Santa Anita, picked up $180,000 for the win, increasing her earnings to $315,563.
Irish-bred Beau Recall, the 6-5 favorite with Drayden Van Dyke, rallied well for the place, overhauling fellow Irish-bred Elysea’s World close home by a neck. Beau Recall paid $3.00 and $2.20.
Elysea’s World, who was unable to head the winner turning for home, finished 5 ¼ lengths in front of Siberian Iris and paid $2.40 to show.
Fractions on the race were 23.72, 47.53, 1:11.05 and 1:35.00.