Santa Barbara wins a Belmont Oaks first-class invitation in Belmont Park.
In a race that looked like Con Lima might win by wire, Santa Barbara tapped into the potential she showed when she was two years old and outrun Con Lima to steal victory in the waning steps of the first-class Belmont Oaks. Invitation to Belmont Park in Elmont, New York
After finishing second in her last race at Curragh on June 27, Santa Barbara reached the mile and quarter of Belmont Oaks without a win in her early start to 2021. Aidan O’Brien was ahead of daughter Camelot (Britain) and sent her alongside the US in G1 Belmont Oaks, With jockey Ryan Moore on board. In the break it was all Con Lima, leading with ease and controlling pace through the first nine furlongs. Behind her were the Spanish Loveaffair, the Nazuna, and the Supreme Truth, all waiting for their time to stretch. Santa Barbara hung toward the rear of the group, and as the field entered the final turn, Santa Barbara had a challenge ahead.
With a wall of horses in front of him, Moore attempted to take Santa Barbara along the fence at the turn, coming into the extension behind a wall of horses. With Lima still in the lead, Moore moved Santa Barbara toward the middle of the track, and finally found space to run among the horses with only sixteen miles left. Santa Barbara accelerated, quickly closing the gap between her and Lima-kun and flashing under the wire half a length to good. Con Lima just took second place, with Supreme Truth Corporation taking third place and Gam Mission fourth. The last mile and quarter time was 2:03.76.
Bred in Ireland by Whisperview Trading Limited, Santa Barbara from Camelot from Danehill mare Senta’s Dream. The 3-year-old filly is owned by Mrs. John Magnier, Michael Tabor, Derek Smith and Westerberg. By winning the Belmont Oaks, Santa Barbara improved to score two record wins in five lifetime starts.
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