The hard-favorite Gamine added to her glowing resume with a 10 at $200,000 stage show, Class 2 Great Lady M Stakes Monday – the last day of the Summer Thoroughbred Festival – at Los Alamitos in Cypress, California.
Choice 1-5 in the field of five, 4-year-old daughter in hurt And mare Cavoin Peggy Jane broke sharply under Hall of Fame jockey Jon Velasquez, briefly headed inside with a 3-1 lead over Edgeway’s approaching role, then took charge from there to win without ever being asked her best.
Trained by Hall of Famer Bob Baffert to owner Michael Lund Petersen, Gamine is now 8 for 9 with earnings of $1,406,500. Six of her victories came in graded events.
Gamine paid $2.40 and $2.10 in a race that wasn’t show betting. She drew $248,224 out of the $292,855 bet to put her in the Great Lady M, subtracting a bunch of places minus $33,822. She completed 6 furlongs in 1:14.98.
Bella Vita, the second longest shot on the field at 22-1, beat the Road Rager, the longest on the board at 45-1, by a neck for a second. The price for the place at Bella Vita was $9.
Edgeway and Qahira, who was also coached by Baffert, completed the finishing order. Kandora was scratched and her bloodline strained with her eyes open earlier in the day.
said Baffert, who won the Great Lady M title for the fourth time after previously recording with Fantastic Style (2015) and Marley’s Freedom (2018-2019).
“That’s what great horses do. When they run, I get nervous and am more relaxed after the race. She looked great and I’m glad she came.”
“She might be able to stretch. She’s getting bigger and maturing. This is one of the options I’ve been thinking about, but I don’t know what we’re going to do next. I want to see how she got out of this and I’ll let her tell me.”
Velazquez, who has been on board with all of Gamine’s tiered success, is now 1 for 1 at Los Alamitos after Monday.
“I know it’s fast and the other horse (third place Rod Rager) showed speed and I knew the horse that would beat (Edgway) was inside of me,” he said. “I just relaxed and let her do her thing on the corner and that was from there. ”
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