Camelia Rose looked like a winner in deep stretch in the Grade II
Santa Ana Stakes on March 25, but Vamo a Galupiar rallied five-wide to
win by a half-length on a turf course listed as “good.”
“The ground was very soft that day and she’s definitely a better
filly on faster ground,” said Simon Callaghan, who trains the
4-year-old French-bred filly for owner J. Paul Reddam. “We were only
beaten a length and three-quarters and I think the ground makes a big
difference with her.”
Camelia Rose was beaten a nose when blocked in her U.S. debut on
March 1, then was outkicked late while running on the rail in the Santa
Ana. She was favored each time.
The field for the Santa Barbara, the ninth of 10 races: Hard
Seven, Edwin Maldonado, 8-1; Cambina, Rafael Bejarano, 3-1; Glowing
Spirit, Victor Espinoza, 20-1; Capital Plan, Brice Blanc, 5-1; Vamo a
Galupiar, Mike Smith, 5-2; Bauble Queen, Joe Talamo, 9-2; and Camelia
Rose, Joel Rosario, 2-1.