Toinette Rallies For Autumn Miss Win For Prat, Drysdale

by | 10.28.2018 | 12:30am
Flavien Prat guides Scat Daddy filly Toinette to come-from-behind victory in Autumn Miss Stakes at Santa Anita

Idle since early July, trainer Neil Drysdale's Toinette came back running in today's Grade III, $100,000 Autumn Miss Stakes at Santa Anita in Arcadia, Calif., as she rallied boldly turning for home en route to an authoritative 2 ¼ length win over favored Ms Bad Behavior.  Ridden by Flavien Prat, the 3-year-old daughter of Scat Daddy got a mile on turf in 1:33.11.

Fourth at the rail with about four lengths to make up turning for home, Toinette wheeled three-wide off the turn and blew by both Streak of Luck and the favorite in short order to register her second graded stakes victory.

“The pace was strong and I wasn't expecting that,” said Prat, who has now ridden Toinette in her last four starts, winning three of them.  “She was comfortable the whole way and gave me a nice kick turning for home.  Neil did a great job coming into today and she was ready.”

Ninth at odds of 7-2 in the Grade I Belmont Oaks July 7, Toinette was the 2-1 second choice in a field of 14 fillies and mares and paid $6.80, $3.60 and $2.80.

Owned by Ken Baca, Lisa and Nicholas Hawkins and Joseph and Lynne Hudson, Toinette, who is out of the Sunriver mare I Bet Toni Knows, also won the Grade III Edgewood Stakes at Churchill Downs two starts back on May 4 and now has four wins from six starts.  With the winner's check of $60,000, her earnings stand at $258,920.

“I was concerned about the 14-horse field and I thought she was very well ridden,” said Drysdale.  “We had a fast pace and that did set it up a bit.  This is a very nice filly.  She was injured in the Belmont Oaks.”

Ridden by Rafael Bejarano, Ms Bad Behavior broke sharply and showed the way until overtaken a furlong out by the winner.  Off at 9-5, she finished a half length in front of Streak of Luck and paid $3.20 and $2.40.

Well positioned while a close second a quarter mile from home, Streak of Luck appeared poised to challenge the favorite turning for home, but was third-best on the day.  Off at 7-1 with Mike Smith, Streak of Luck finished 3 ¼ lengths in front of longshot K P Pergoliscious and paid $3.60 to show.

Fractions on the race were 22.24, 45.65, 1:09.23 and 1:21.29.

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