Elegant Venetian Harbor, in her first begin since effectively overwhelmed within the Grade 1 Breeders’ Cup Filly & Mare Dash at Keeneland Nov. 7, seized quick management and drew off to win Saturday’s Grade 2, $200,000 Monrovia Stakes at Santa Anita by 3 ½ lengths, her third graded stakes victory and first on turf. Skilled by Richard Baltas and ridden for the primary time by Mario Gutierrez, Venetian Harbor received 6 ½ furlongs on grass in 1:15.06.
Breaking from put up place seven in a discipline of eight fillies and mares, Venetian Harbor sped to the lead whereas pressed by effectively fancied Superstition to her outdoors in addition to Nasty and By no means for Cash, who tucked in simply behind within the run to the far flip.
With a one size benefit 1 / 4 mile out, Venetian Harbor opened up turning for dwelling and received in-hand in an incredible effort.
“I had the chance to work her within the mornings, so I already knew loads about her,” stated Gutierrez. “I knew she carried the pace, that was by no means the query. I simply let her break and immediately, attempt to not ask her an excessive amount of, she did the remaining. She put herself within the race, after that, it was simply look ahead to the time to kick dwelling and he or she received the job completed.”
A winner of the G2 Raven Run Stakes going seven furlongs on grime two begins again at Keeneland Oct. 17 and a winner of Santa Anita’s G2 Las Virgenes Stakes at one mile in her third profession begin, Venetian Harbor was the slim 2-1 favourite over Superstition and paid $6.40, $3.60 and $2.60.
Owned by Ciaglia Racing, LLC, Highland Yard, LLC, River Oak Farm and Domenic Savides, Venetian Harbor, a 4-year-old filly by Munnings out of the Avenue Cry mare Sounds of the Metropolis, is now 9-4-4-0 and with the winner’s share of $120,000, elevated her earnings to $633,400.
“She ran the way in which we thought she would,” stated Baltazar Marroquin, assistant to Baltas, who was out of city on Saturday. “Sure, we anticipated her to go to the lead. She’s run in opposition to a number of the greatest fillies and Mario has labored her a few time, so he is aware of her.”
Subsequent to final across the far flip, Contantia swung six-deep turning for dwelling and was clearly second greatest in an enormous effort. Ridden by Umberto Rispoli, Constantia was the third selection at 5-2 and paid $3.40 and $2.20.
Ridden by Abel Cedillo, Superstition emptied out chasing the winner and needed to accept third cash whereas overwhelmed 1 ½ lengths by Constantia. Off at 2-1, Superstition paid $2.60 to point out.
Fractions on the race have been 22.48, 44.96 and 1:08.79.
First put up time for a nine-race card on Sunday is at 1 p.m. There’s a obligatory payout in Sunday’s 20 cent Rainbow Decide Six, with the full pool anticipated to method $3 million.
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