INGLEWOOD, Calif. (November 30, 2013)—Although the tactics were different than those employed in her maiden win Oct. 17, the result was the same for Full Ransom in the $100,250 Miesque Stakes Saturday at Betfair Hollywood Park.
Staying perfect in two starts on grass, the daughter of Full Mandate, who was purchased for $25,000 at the Barretts May sale earlier this year, rallied strongly in the final eighth of a mile to post a 12-1 upset for owner Deron Pearson and trainer Jim Cassidy.
Restricted to fillies, the Miesque was the second of two Grade III races for 2-year-olds on the middle program of the three-day Turf Festival.
About an hour before Full Ransom’s surprise, Global View stretched out successfully to win the $100,250 Generous, defeating Aotearoa and four others.
Out of the Red Ransom mare Retroesque, Full Ransom led throughout under Hall of Fame rider Mike Smith to win at Santa Anita, but was reserved Saturday by jockey Victor Espinoza before unleashing a strong surge in the middle of the course to prevail by a head.
Bred in Florida by Gregg James, Full Ransom, who finished fourth in her Sept. 2 initiation over the Polytrack at Del Mar, paid $26.80, $10.80 and $8.20. The $60,000 payday Saturday increased her bankroll to $93,300. The final time was 1:37.51.
“That’s the best $25,000 (Pearson) ever spent,’’ said Cassidy. “She was reasonably cheap, but she had all the parts in the right place and I really liked her.
“I liked the way we didn’t rush her today. (Espinoza) took hold of her and she got a very good trip wide. The greatest thing about 2-year-olds is they’re as honest as the day is long. They haven’t figured out anything bad yet.’’
Savings Account, an 8-1 shot who defeated maidens by a nose Nov. 8 over the local turf in her first race beyond 6 ½ furlongs, squeezed through an opening in the stretch to gain the advantage late, but could not quite contain the winner. The gray daughter of Medaglia d’Oro paid $8.80 and $7.60 while finishing 1 ½ lengths in front of 21-1 outsider Sushi Empire.
The show price on Sushi Empire, who was runner-up behind Savings Account 22 days earlier, was $10.60.
Completing the order of finish were Nesso, the 7-2 second choice, Clenor, the 4-5 favorite and pacesetter Love In The Desert.
The defeat was the second in a row for Clenor, who won her first three races in the United States – including the Juvenile Fillies Turf Stakes Sept. 2 at Del Mar and the Surfer Girl Oct. 6 at Santa Anita – for Great Friends Stable, Robert Cseplo and Steve Keh and trainer Doug O’Neill.
An Irish bred daughter of Oratorio, Clenor was eighth of 14 in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf Nov. 1.
“When she was trailing behind the others, they slowed it up so much,’’ said Leandro Mora, O’Neill’s longtime assistant, referring to the pokey fractions (24.55, 49.22 and 1:13.80 for six furlongs) of the Miesque. “(Full Ransom) boxed her in all the way – which is the proper thing for any rider to do. When she finally got out, the race was over.’’
In the Generous, Global View, the 2-1 second choice, won for the second time in as many starts on turf for Glen Hill Farm and trainer Tom Proctor.
Reserved off the pace set by maiden and 10-1 shot Ontology, the son of Galileo out of the Storm Cat mare Egyptian Queen was angled outside for the stretch run by jockey Joe Talamo and ran past the leader inside the final eighth of a mile.
A winner down the hill at Santa Anita Oct. 27 after finishing fourth of nine in his career debut over Del Mar’s Polytrack July 20, Global View completed the mile in 1:36.25.
Bred in Kentucky by Reiko and Michael Baum, Global View, who paid $6.40, $3.60 and $2.40, increased his earnings to $93,300 while finishing 1¼ lengths in front of Aotearoa, who rallied well after trailing with a furlong to run.
“He’s a really nice horse and has always acted like a nice horse,’’ said Proctor. “I’ve worked him a mile. He’s bred to run all day, so I wasn’t worried about that. He relaxed, (Talamo) gave him a good trip and it makes a horse look better when they get a good trip.
“It’s nice to get a stakes win in him and we’ll go from there.’’
Winner of the Zuma Beach Oct. 6 at Santa Anita in his initial race on grass before finishing seventh in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf Nov. 1, Aotearoa paid $4 and $2.80. The show price on Royal Banker, who was making his U.S. debut for trainer Eoin Harty, was $3.40. He finished three-quarters of a length behind the runner-up.
Completing the order of finish was Ontology, who set 23.63, 47.21 and 1:11.63 fractions in his seventh attempt at his first win, Pablo Del Monte, the even-money choice, and Persisting.
Favored on the strength of two wins by a combined 12 ½ lengths over the Polytrack at Keeneland, Pablo Del Monte was well placed by jockey Kent Desormeaux, but had nothing to offer when the real racing began.
Racing resumes Sunday. Post time for the final day of the Turf Festival is 12:30 p.m. Track gates will open at 9:55 a.m. for simulcasts.
The two signature events of the Festival will be contested – the $250,000 Matriarch for older fillies and mares at one mile and the $250,000 Hollywood Derby for 3-year-olds at 1 ¼ miles. Both are Grade I events. The Hollywood Derby is the sixth of 10 races while the Matriarch is the eighth.
Admiral Kitten, who won the Grade I Secretariat at the Derby distance Aug. 17 at Arlington Park, is the 5-2 favorite on Russ Hudak’s morning line. Tiz Flirtatious is favored at the same price in the Matriarch.
There is also a Fans’ Choice giveaway – one per paid admission while supplies last. Items include Betfair Hollywood Park fedoras and a DVD that commemorates the track’s 75th anniversary.
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