Champagne Room Game In Hard-Fought Sorrento Victory

by | 08.06.2016 | 8:10pm
Champagne Room and jockey Mario Gutierrez win the Grade II $200,000 Sorrento Stakes

Owned by Ciaglia Racing, Exline-Border Racing, and Alesia, et. al., the 2-year-old filly Champagne Room was a determined 1 1/4-length winner in Saturday's Grade 2 Sorrento Stakes. Ridden by Mario Gutierrez, the daughter of Broken Vow covered 6 1/2 furlongs over Del Mar's fast main track in 1:16.35 for trainer Peter Eurton.

“It was a great idea by (his advisors) to supplement (for $2,000),” Eurton said. “They brought some things to my attention that this has been a very influential race for the Debutante, the Chandelier and others. So instead of me being conservative and putting bubble wrap around her and wait for (the Debutante) we decided to go here. I loved the way she got away in the race. I loved the way she tracked. I didn't know what (Miss Southern Miss) was doing, that was strange. But when my horse started to make that move around the turn I felt fairly confident she'd go on and the other horse would have been used up by doing what it did.”

Champagne Room broke well along the outside, tracking the pace from second early on behind Auntjenn. Then Miss Southern Miss, who broke near the inside, shot around the outside to take over the leading position. Miss Southern Miss marked the first quarter-mile in :22.63, drawing out to a one-length lead over Auntjenn and Champagne Room to mark the half-mile in :45.00. Rounding the turn, Champagne Room moved up steadily into second, then began to rally along the outside of Miss Southern Miss.

At the head of the lane, Champagne Room and Miss Southern Miss were nose and nose, battling together toward the wire. Miss Southern Miss stayed on until nearly the sixteenth pole, but Champagne Room drew away in the late stages to win by 1 1/4 lengths. Miss Southern Miss settled for second, while Auntjenn stayed on for third.

“Peter (trainer Peter Eurton) is good with riders,” Gutierrez said. “He doesn't say too much. He just says 'Ride your race.' I had a good trip from the outside. I could see what was going on out there and I waited for my turn (to run).  She fired for me. I've been getting on her in the mornings and she's been so sharp, training so well. I knew she'd run big.”

Bred in Kentucky by Respite Farm, Champagne Room brought $310,000 at the Ocala Breeders' April Sale of 2-year-olds in training. The juvenile finished second in her first out, and won the Sorrento in her second start. Her career earnings stand at just over $130,000.

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