The Benowitz Family Trust, Head of Plains Partners, Mark Mathiesen and Mathilde Powell's Fatale Bere came flying late at odds of 7-1 to win Saturday's Grade 1 Del Mar Oaks by a neck over 9-5 favorite Ollie's Candy. The sophomore daughter of Pedro the Great, ridden by Kent Desormeaux for trainer Leonard Powell, covered nine furlongs over Del Mar's firm turf course in 1:48.14.
“To win a Grade I is of great value,” said Powell, who celebrated his first top-level win in the Del Mar Oaks. “This is a filly that I scouted a year ago in France and purchased privately for owners that have been very loyal to the stable. The only instructions I said to Kent (Desormeaux) was to keep her covered up early. If you don't keep her covered up, she's rank, she pulls, sometimes the saddle goes forward. So the key is to keep her covered up, and then she's good enough to do the job.”
Rallying wide entering the stretch after being outrun early, Fatale Bere closed powerfully to triumph by a neck over Ollie's Candy, who was piloted by Tyler Baze. Third in the field of a dozen fillies was Californiagoldrush, with Ms Bad Behavior fourth.
“It was the trip,” said Desormeaux. “Today, I got the trip; last time (Belmont Oaks on July 7) I had to go their way. This time I got to let her go when I was ready. Felt good; she was really running. They were playing ping-pong by the three-eighths (pole) (when race leader Animosity brushed the fence and caused issues with other horses), but I avoided all of that and just got to run my race. Good stuff.”
Bred in France by SNC Regnier and San Gabriel Inv., Inc., Fatale Bere was a $17,000 yearling at the Osarus La Teste Sale. She began her career there, then came to the United States and won a listed stake in her first local start. Fatale Bere won the Grade 3 Providencia this April off the winter layoff, and the Del Mar Oaks is her second win of this year. Overall, the filly has won five of her 10 starts for earnings of over $400,000.
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