Absolutely favorite Child She was added to her glowing resume with a 10-year theatrical run at the $200,000 Great Lady M Stakes (G2) on July 5 – the last day of the Summer Thoroughbred Festival – in Los Alamitos Race Course.
4 year old daughter in hurt She entered Monday’s contest of three straight bets rolling stakes back to her victory in the Strength Round at the Breeders’ Cup Filly and Mare Sprint (G1) in November 2020. Gamine rolled for wins this year at the April 4 Las Flores Stakes (G3) at Santa Anita Park The Derby City Distaff presented by Kendall Jackson Winery (G1) at Derby Day in Churchill Downs.
The Great Lady M proved to be another wired effort gate as a 1-5 choice in the field of five rockets that came out of the gate under Hall of Fame jockey John Velazquez and clicked the opening fractions: 21.61 and: 44.32. I went to her briefly inside with a 3-1 second choice Edgway As the turn approached, Gamine shook her opponent and rushed under little encouragement from Velazquez.
Bay stopped the timer at 1:14.98 for 6 1/2 furlongs, two-piece Los Alamitos log.
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.
Edgway and Cairo , who was also trained 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 feel nervous and I’m more relaxed after the race. She looked great and I’m glad she made it.”
“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’s going to come out of this and I’ll let her tell me.”
“I know she’s fast and the other horse (third place, Road Rager) showed speed and I knew the horse to beat (Edgeway) was inside of me,” Velasquez, who has been on board with all of Gamine’s tiered success, said of the pony. I let her do what she does on the corner and that was from there.”
Breed by Grace Thoroughbred Holding, Gamine is the second winner to be produced from her mother, Peggy Jane. Al Kafaween mare has an unprecedented little filly Ghostzapper , which is general catharos Colt, and gave birth to a full-brother Jamin last season.
The wealth was distributed over the two race weeks as 38 different coaches and 50 different owners/partners won the 61 races submitted.
“I see it as a positive thing, as many different leagues have been able to win races during the meet,” said F. Jack Lebau, Vice President of Los Alamitos Racing Association. “I think it is important for the health of racing in California. Some owners and coaches are enjoying more success at Los Alamitos. From Santa Anita or Del Mar.
All sources dealing with the encounter are up about 10% from similar dates in 2019, the last time viewers were allowed to attend. Full exchange numbers will be available in the coming days.
According to Liebau, the increase exceeded expectations for this season and was boosted significantly by pre-deposit betting.
The thoroughbred daytime race will return to Los Alamitos in September.
Video: Old Lady MS (G2)