Favored Schiaparelli Takes Harried Royal Heroine Mile
Schiaparelli, the 11-10 favorite, stretched out successfully in the $150,000 Royal Heroine Mile for her third win of 2013 at Betfair Hollywood Park.
Providing leading jockey Joe Talamo with his third of four wins Saturday, the 5-year-old gray daughter of Ghostzapper and the Avenue of Flags mare Cambiocorsa led throughout in the grassy Grade II, holding on by a half-length over Egg Drop, the longest shot in the field at 7-1.
In her first start beyond 6 ½ furlongs, Schiaparelli, who has won five of nine in her career, completed the distance in 1:34.11
Owned by breeder Ran Jan Racing, Inc. and trained by Mike Puype, Schiaparelli increased her earnings to $274,184 with her initial graded victory. The win was also her third in four attempts over the Betfair Hollywood Park grass. She paid $4.20, $3 and $2.40
Egg Drop, who had won a $57,842 allowance going six furlongs in her turf debut May 24, returned $6.20 and $4.60. She finished 4 ½ lengths clear of 5-1 shot My Gi Gi as the winner's closest pursuer through legitimate fractions (23.73, 46.74 and 1:09.74 for six furlongs). The show price on My Gi Gi was $4.
I Dazzle, the 3-1 second choice, and a troubled Stormy Lucy completed the order of finish. Appealing was scratched.
The stewards conducted an inquiry regarding an incident involving Stormy Lucy and Egg Drop approaching the stretch.
Stormy Lucy steadied while appearing to clip the heels of the runner-up and stumbled badly under jockey Martin Pedroza. The stewards ruled that the 4-year-old Stormy Atlantic filly was the cause of her own trouble, so no change was made in the order of finish.
“She was pressed all the way and had to really fight the whole race to get the job done,'' said Talamo after his meet-high 10th stakes success. “She was kind of looking around a little bit down the lane, which she kind of does sometimes.
“I had to ride her a little harder than I thought I would have to. But she pulled it off and every time (Egg Drop) would get close to her she kept finding more.''
With five days remaining in the Spring/Summer meet, Talamo, who also won the third with 17-10 favorite Gnarly Dude, the fourth with Cast a Doubt ($3.40) and the seventh with 9-1 outsider Forever Freedom, holds a 49-45 lead over defending S/S champion Bejarano.
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JOE TALAMO, SCHIAPARELLI, Winner: “My filly was traveling really well. I know the fractions were pretty quick but she was doing it well within herself. But I'll tell you what, it was all her. She was pressed all the way, and had to really fight the whole race to get the job done. She was kind of looking around a little bit down the lane, which she kind of does sometimes. I had to ride her a little harder than I thought I would have to. But she pulled it off and every time (Egg Drop) would get close to her she kept finding more. For her to get a mile, especially in (1:34.11) is a pretty good time for a filly stretching out for the first time. She's definitely got a future going long on the turf.”
MARTIN GARCIA, EGG DROP, Second: “She ran big today. The winner is a really good filly, but my horse ran one of her best races. I knew we were going fast, but she was really comfortable. After today, I think she can handle more distance”
EDWIN MALDONADO, MY GI GI, Third: “I had a perfect trip. I kept her as close as I could. She kept coming and coming, but they never came back to her.”
MIKE PUYPE, SCHIAPARELLI, Winner: “She did what she was supposed to do, and I think with a legitimate pace. The first fraction looked like it was going to be a walk, but you could see (Schiaparelli, Egg Drop) accelerate. They put up some sprint numbers. They crossed (six furlongs in 1:09.74). Maybe the last sixteenth wasn't quite as good as the rest of the race, but it didn't matter, she did what she needed to do. I don't know what we're going to do next, but we'll probably keep her long on turf.”
PHIL D'AMATO (Assistant trainer, Mike Mitchell), EGG DROP, Second: “She ran great. I think she's found a home on turf. She never gave it up and tried her all the way to the end.”
PETER EURTON, MY GI GI, Third: “I think she's going to improve off this race. She's improving mentally and physically and I think as she goes a little farther, like a mile and one-eighth or a mile and one-quarter, she'll do better. The speed just got away from her today.”