In a race that showcased the abilities of two Hall
of Fame jockeys, Mike Smith and Gary Stevens, Miss Pippa
, under Smith,
overcame a sluggish start and split horses late to just get up in
Saturday’s $74,000 Swingtime Stakes, winning by a half length over
favored Customer Base and Stevens while getting one mile on turf in
who has run some of her best races over the Santa Anita turf, was last
down the backstretch and around the far turn under Smith, who was aboard
the 4-year-old grey daughter of Master Command for the first time.
“She broke a little slow, but I thought we would just get into a
rhythm, and (hope) they were going quick enough,” said Smith. “I got
right behind Customer Base, the filly that I thought was the one to beat
with Stevens on her and I knew he would give me a good trip.
“I followed him the whole way…But he went one way (in deep stretch) to
split ‘em and I couldn’t follow cause it was time to run. I was blessed
to be able to go another way to split horses and I had more horse
Trained by John Sadler and owned by Joy Ride Racing, Miss Pippa was
cutting back in distance from a sixth place finish going 1 3/8 miles on
turf at Del Mar Aug. 23.
“She’s a nice filly and she’s getting better,” said Sadler. “She
stumbled a little bit at the start today and Mike, he’s a consummate
professional. He let her settle and she ran a beautiful race. She
likes this course, she broke her maiden on the grass here. We’ll see
how she comes out of this and look for something.”
The third choice at 7-2 in a field of seven fillies and mares aged
three and up, Miss Pippa paid $9.00, $4.00 and $2.80.
With the winner’s share of $44,100, Miss Pippa now has earnings of
$173,602. With two wins and two seconds from six tries on the Santa
Anita grass, her overall mark now stands at 10-3-4-1. Favored at 2-1,
Customer Base was fifth past the half mile pole and hugged the rail
under patient handling around the far turn and into the stretch. She
took advantage of a tight opening at the fence a furlong out and made
the lead inside the sixteenth pole, only to be collared late by the
wasn’t enough room down there. I was second best today,” said Stevens,
the meet’s leading rider coming into Saturday with seven wins, four of
them in stakes.
Customer Base, trained by Tom Proctor, paid $3.20 and $2.20.
Charm the Maker, who sat third most of the trip with Joe Talamo,
finished third at 4-1, a half length in front of longshot pacesetter
Caraquista and Agapito Delgadillo.
Charm the Maker paid $3.20 to show.