Judy Hicks' homebred My Majestic Rose ranged up outside the frontrunner and favorite Sneaking Out, then battled that filly down the lane to win Sunday's Grade 2 Summertime Oaks by a half-length. The 3-year-old Majestic Warrior filly, trained by Rodolphe Brisset and sent to post at odds of 5-1, covered 1 1/16 miles over Santa Anita's fast main track in 1:45.08. Flavien Prat piloted My Majestic Rose to victory, winning his fourth race on the card in the process.
“It wasn't really a gamble to bring her out here, not to me,” said Brisset. “It was a small field and at the end of the day, if we ran third, it's still black type. So it was more difficult to find a way here than it was to make the decision. Thankfully, Tex Sutton (air transport) helped us, we put her on a plane and she got out here to train.”
One mile maiden winner on a muddy track at Churchill Downs on May 2, My Majestic Rose, who was making her first stakes assignment, was off at 5-1 in a field of five sophomore fillies and paid $13.80, $4.60 and $2.80.
Bred in Kentucky by her owner, My Majestic Rose is a third-generation homebred out of the winning Pleasant Tap mare Victory on Tap. The filly broke her maiden at Churchill Downs in her fifth start, and the Summertime Oaks was her first foray into stakes company. Overall, her record stands at 2-2-1 from six starts for earnings of over $200,000.
For her part, Sneaking Out, who tried two turns and had a four-game winning streak snapped today, ran too good to lose as she battled the winner head and head the final five sixteenths of a mile after repelling a stubborn challenge from Flor de La Mar.
Ridden by Drayden Van Dyke and off as the 4-5 favorite in her first graded stakes start, Sneaking Out paid $2.60 and $2.10.
“She ran absolutely huge,” said Van Dyke. “It's a shame she got pointless pressure.”
Colonial Creed, who was ridden by Victor Espinoza, checked in third at 7-1 and paid $2.80 to show.
Fractions on the race were 23.49, 47.44, 1:12.49 and 1:38.30.
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