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Include Me Out Handles Route in La Canada

Include Me Out escaped the shadow of Grade I winning stablemate Teddy’s Promise Sunday with a burst around the far turn that expanded into a dominant 4 ¼ -length upset in Santa Anita’s 38th running of the Grade II, $150,000 La Canada Stakes for 4-year-old fillies at 1 1/16 miles.

 

Sent off at odds of 8-1 after futilely chasing Teddy’s Promise in the Grade I La Brea Stakes at seven furlongs on Dec. 31, Jay Em Ess Stable’s Include Me Out willingly responded to her first assignment around two turns following six sprint races.

 

Jockey Joe Talamo stepped on the accelerator nearing completion of the backstretch run, and the daughter of Include virtually exploded on the extreme outside. She was in front by the time the field of six straightened into the stretch. Include Me Out proceeded to pour it on.

 

She crossed the finish line in 1:41.89. Great Hot, the 5-2 second-choice ridden by Chantal Sutherland, checked in a distant second, three-quarters-of-a-length ahead of 17-10 favorite Tiz Flirtatious and jockey Joel Rosario.

 

Talamo said that after the riders of Tiz Flirtatious and third-choice Capital Plan, Rafael Bejarano, made early moves, “I just had to ease back.” The turn of events was opportune. “After that, she just ran great,” Talamo continued. He singled out trainer Ron Ellis. “Ron has done a great job with her coming back after the La Brea,” he said. “She was so fresh and ready today, and full of run.”

 

“She got in behind horses,” Ellis said in recalling his filly’s fifth-place finish in the La Brea. “But I think being by Include, she was dying to go two turns, and it’s been kind of a process getting her up to it. She fired today, that’s for sure.

 

“I thought she looked great the whole race. She was very relaxed, and with the pace scenario, I thought Joe had her in a perfect spot. She just looked comfortable all the way. She’s just been learning coming up to this, but pedigree-wise she wanted to go two turns. I felt good about it.”

 

Purchased for $150,000 at sale in July of 2009, Include Me Out earned $90,000 while rewarding her backers at $19, $6.40 and $3.40. Great Hot paid $3.60 and $2.40. Tiz Flirtatious returned $2.60. Include Me Out’s total earnings became $183,600 from a 3-2-0 record in seven starts.

 

Ellis and Samantha Siegel, who runs Jay Em Ess Stable, will endeavor to keep their pair of standout 4-year-old fillies apart, at least, for a while. Teddy’s Promise is ticketed to come back in next Saturday’s Grade I, $300,000 Santa Monica Stakes at seven furlongs.

 

Marty Jones, who trains Tiz Flirtatious, said his filly encountered a few problems, but it probably was not of great consequence. “Joel (Rosario) had to get her running a little bit to try and get position,” he said, “but she got a little rank. That might have affected her chance to win, but the way the winner ran, I don’t know if anybody was going to beat her today. That filly ran a really good race.”

 

 

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