Off as the 9-1 third choice in the four-horse field, Hronis Racing's Yuvetsi proved she had what it takes in Sunday's Grade 3 Rancho Bernardo Stakes at Del Mar. The 4-year-old Bodemeister filly emerged with the lead down the backstretch, was challenged at the head of the lane and kicked clear late to win by about three lengths. Ridden by Tyler Baze for trainer John Sadler, Yuvetsi completed 6 1/2 furlongs over the fast main track in 1:17.22.
A very even beginning saw Anonymity briefly take the lead before Baze sent Yuvetsi through at the rail, but it was less than a length between all four rivals through a first quarter in :22.08. Entering the turn, Yuvetsi was challenged by the 1-5 favorite Anonymity, and the two were moving head-and-head all the way through the half in :44.93.
Yuvetsi had regained a slight advantage at the top of the stretch, emboldening her to kick clear down the lane to win by about three lengths. Anonymity was relegated to second, while Skye Diamonds finished third.
Bred in Kentucky by Frankfort Park Farm, Yuvetsi was a $420,000 yearling at the Keeneland September sale. Previously a listed winner, the Rancho Bernardo triumph improves her record to 4-3-2 from 12 starts with earnings just shy of $230,000.
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