Making her first start in graded stakes company, Seth Klarman's Competitionofideas circled her seven rivals en route to a dominant score in Saturday's Grade 1 American Oaks at Santa Anita Park. The 3-year-old daughter of Speightstown, ridden by Joel Rosario for trainer Chad Brown, was sent off at odds of 5-1 off a third-place effort in the listed Winter Memories Stakes last out. Competitionofideas crossed the wire at least four lengths ahead of hard-trying frontrunner K P Pergoliscious, completing 1 1/4 miles over the firm turf in 1:59.77.
K P Pergoliscious broke like a shot out of the gate, stealing the lead from stablemate Amandine as the field of eight sophomore fillies flew down the hill toward the main turf course. Crossing over the dirt track, K P Pergoliscious darted to her right but was quickly straightened out by jockey Tyler Baze. Meanwhile, Competitionofideas had left the gate well but settled at the back of the field, nearly eight lengths off the leaders heading into the clubhouse turn.
Retro snuck over to the rail behind the two leaders, while Princess Warrior waited at her flank in the early going. Three-wide behind that pair were Colonia, Paved, and Californiagoldrush, with Competitionofideas trailing the early fractions of :24.02 and :47.86.
Through the far turn, Amandine ranged up alongside K P Pergoliscious to try to steal the lead, but the frontrunner battled back gamely and maintained a narrow advantage at the head of the lane. Rosario sent Competitionofideas five-wide around the far turn to gain third position at the three-eighths pole, and the filly unleashed a massive stretch rally to overwhelm her rivals and gallop under the wire a four-length winner. K P Pergoliscious held second over Amandine.
Bred in Kentucky by John Gunther (also the breeder of Triple Crown winner Justify), Tony Chedraoui and Eurowest Bloodstock Services, Competitionofideas was a $325,000 yearling at the Keeneland September sale, where she was selected by agent Mike Ryan. The filly required four starts to break her maiden, but immediately followed up that effort with an allowance score and listed stakes placing. Overall, Competitionofideas has now won three of her seven starts for earnings of over $310,000.
Quotes From Connections:
Joel Rosario, Competitionofideas, Winning Jockey: “She broke well, we saved ground, and we took one shot.
“I thought we would be closer but everybody wanted their spot so I just let her settle.
“I always have to thank everybody for giving me the chance to ride here again and I really appreciate everybody. My plan for 2019 is just to see how it goes and go from there. We'll see what happens.”
Tyler Baze, K P Pergoliscious, Second-Place Jockey: “She's a really nice horse. This is what she wants…a mile and a quarter, a mile and a half.”
Jose Hernandez, Assistant to Winning Trainer Chad Brown: “It's great to finish out the year like this. This filly had settled in real good here at Santa Anita and she was doing good coming into this race. She finished up really strong today.”
Laffit Pincay, Jr., Trophy Presenter Celebrating His 72nd Birthday: “It's nice to be here and to be able to present the trophy for a race like this. Chad Brown is a great trainer and Rosario is a good, good friend.”
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