Premier Pegasus proved much the best Saturday in the Grade 2, $250,000 San Felipe Stakes for three-year-olds at Santa Anita.
Under Alonso Quinonez, Premier Pegasus (7-1) rolled to the front at the top of the lane and drew clear to win by seven lengths in 1:41.23 for 1 1/16 miles. Favorite Jaycito finished second, while Bench Points was third.
Premier Pegasus is owned by M K Cho Stables was bred in Kentucky by owner/trainer Myung Kwon Cho. He's a son of Fusaichi Pegasus out of the Summer Squall mare, Squall Linda.
Runflatout, Albergatti and Comma to the Top all battled for the early lead and set some pretty stiff fractions of 21.75 and 44.58. They separated from their rivals down the backstretch. Rounding the far turn, Comma to the Top surged to the front, but Premier Pegasus soon swallowed him up and began opening up daylight on the field. Jaycito put in a late bid to head the rest of the field.
The San Felipe was the fourth win from five starts for Premier Pegasus, who was coming off a third place finish in the Grade 2 San Vincente Stakes February 20. Jaycito was making his first start since finishing seventh – 16 lengths behind Uncle Mo – in the Breeders' Cup Juvenile at Churchill Downs November 6.
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