Ridden with supreme confidence by Gary Stevens, Irish-bred September Stars
rallied three-wide turning for home, split horses a furlong out and won Sunday’s $75,000 Possibly Perfect Stakes at Santa Anita by a measured three quarters of a length. Trained by Paddy Gallagher, she got a mile and a quarter on turf in 2:00.30.
Campaigned in England her first eight starts, September Stars had been brilliant in winning a pair of turf allowance races for Gallagher locally and was thus heavily favored in a field of six fillies and mares three and up. Off at 3-5, she paid $3.20, $2.20 and $2.10.
Although victorious, September Stars was pulled up as she galloped out on the backstretch following the race by Stevens.
“Early on in the race, she wasn’t traveling like herself,” said Stevens, who had been aboard for both of her previous wins. “She seemed a bit short in her stride and never got into a rhythm with me and then she did down the backside.
“She quickened up for me at the eighth pole and won with a hand ride. Galloping out, I didn’t like what I was feeling and turning onto the backside, she switched onto her right lead and pulled herself up instantly and that’s not her.”
Owned by Andrew Rosen and Edward Easton, September Stars, a 4-year-old filly by Sea the Stars, improved her overall record to 11-5-2-1. With the winner’s share of $45,780, she increased her earnings to $129,781.
Ridden by Joe Talamo, Irish-bred Responsibleforlove opened up nine lengths on her competition early and although she was collared turning for home, hung in gamely for the place, finishing a neck in front of Place des Vosges.
Off at 7-2, Responsibleforlove paid $3.20 and $2.80.
A distant third early, Place des Vosges, under Norberto Arroyo, Jr., finished 1 ½ lengths in front of Stylish in Black and paid $2.40 to show.
Fractions on the race were 23.88, 48.29, 1:12.22 and 1:36.57.
Simulcast wagering will be offered on Thursday at Santa Anita, with admission gates opening at 10:30 a.m. Live racing returns with a nine-race program on Friday, with first post time at 1 p.m. Free parking and General Admission will be offered on both days.
Source: Santa Anita Park