Fresh and ready, California-bred Teddy's Promise was an emphatic two length winner of Saturday's $100,000 L.A. Woman Stakes at Santa Anita, covering 6 ½ furlongs under Victor Espinoza in 1:15.28 while serving notice she'll have to be reckoned with in the $1 million Breeders' Cup Filly & Mare Sprint at seven furlongs Nov. 2.
Idle since running second in the Grade II A Gleam Handicap at Betfair Hollywood Park July 13, the 5-year-old Ted and Judy Nichols homebred daughter of Salt Lake seized three furlongs from home and was never threatened thereafter.
“It was nice and easy today,” said Espinoza. “I didn't want to push or anything since the race (Breeders' Cup Filly & Mare Sprint) is less than a month away…Everything worked out well and it was a good race.”
Off as the 8-5 favorite in a field of six, Teddy's Promise, trained by Ron Ellis, paid $5.40, $3.40 and $2.80. A winner of the Grade I La Brea Stakes as a 3-year-old, she chalked up her sixth stakes win and her fifth win from eight starts at Santa Anita.
With the winner's share of $60,000, Teddy's Promise now has $822,397 in earnings from an overall mark of 26-10-4-2.
“She ran just fine,” said Ted Nichols. She hasn't raced for a little while so we freshened her up and she came back running. She's going to the Breeders' Cup.”
Firmly ensconced at her Hollywood Park base all summer, Teddy's Promise is at the top of her game, according to Ellis.
“I thought she ran one of her best races today and I thought she would coming in,” said Ellis. “That's the kindest she's ever gone to the gate and the kindest that she's ever gone the first part of the race.”
Ridden by Chantal Sutherland Kruse, Great Hot was the fourth choice in the wagering at 7-1 and was a good second, 3 ¼ lengths in front of 17-1 longshot Sister Kate and Martin Pedroza.
Great Hot paid $5.20 and $3.80.
Sister Kate, who broke on top and then sat second to Social Bug and Mike Smith to the far turn, finished a half length in front of 2-1 second choice Executiveprivilege, and paid $3.80 to show.
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