Although she hopped leaving the gate, Argentine-bred Madame Stripes settled nicely under Kent Desormeaux and easily overhauled favored Insta Erma late to take Monday's Grade III Megahertz Stakes by 1 ¼ lengths today at Santa Anita. Trained by Neil Drysdale, the 6-year-old mare got a mile on turf in 1:34.24.
Well back into the first turn, Madame Stripes, who had been idle since running third in the Grade II Bayakoa Stakes on dirt Dec. 3, had two horses beat midway around the Club House turn, but was a fast moving fourth approaching the quarter pole and rallied three-wide through the lane to win going away.
The second choice in a field of seven older fillies and mares at 7-2, Madame Stripes paid $9.00, $4.00 and $2.60.
Owned by Gainesway Stable, Madame Stripes notched her first-ever graded stakes win in her 17th career start. The Megahertz represents her fourth overall win and with the winner's share of $60,000, she increased her earnings to $313,218.
Trained by Richard Baltas, Insta Erma moved a bit early inside an erratic Chocolate Coated heading into the far turn and although she out-gamed Thundering Sky for the place, she was no match for the winner late.
Ridden by Corey Nakatani, Insta Erma was off at even money and paid $3.00 and $2.20.
Ridden by Flavien Prat, Thundering Sky set a pressured early pace and held off Laseen by a head for third money. Off at 4-1, Thundering Sky paid $3.20 to show.
Fractions on the race were 23.11, 46.98, 1:10.78 and 1:22.44.
Live racing resumes at Santa Anita on Friday, with first post time at 1 p.m.
Santa Anita will be open for simulcast wagering on Wednesday and Thursday, with free parking and general admission. Gates open both days at 10 a.m.
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