Gotta Have Her earned the first graded stakes victory of her career
around two turns with a furious closing rush under Tyler Baze in the
$200,000 Palomar Handicap (G2) on Wednesday at Del Mar Thoroughbred
Club to nip pacesetter Lethal Heat by a neck.
Lethal Heat ran a winning race in most circumstances, setting
fractions of :24.47, :48.95, and 1:12.11 for the 1 1/16-mile race on
turf rated as firm. The Unusual Heat filly ran her last 2 1/2 furlongs
in about :28.60, but Gotta Have Her had the momentum and eventually the
victory after racing mostly at the back of the field until the far turn.