A better start will help Rumor in Sunday’s Grade III Las Flores
Stakes for older fillies and mares at 6 ½ furlongs on the main track.
The 5-year-old Indian Charlie Mare trained by Richard Mandella
was off slowly from the No. 2 post in the restricted Wishing Well Stakes
at about 6 ½ furlongs on turf Feb. 10. Mandella is enjoying a
sensational meet, winning with 32 percent of his starters, 11 of 34.
“She didn’t get away good at all and I just never got in the
race,” recalled Hall of Fame jockey Mike Smith who has ridden Rumor in
her last three starts, including a win in the LA Woman Stakes and a
fifth in the Breeders’ Cup Filly & Mare Sprint.
“Hopefully we’ll get into the race a little more and when she does, she’s a whole lot better than that.”
The field for the Las Flores: Belle of the Hall, Corey Nakatani;
Rumor, Mike Smith; Shumoos, Garrett Gomez; Distracting, Rafael
Bejarano; Teddy’s Promise, Victor Espinoza; Sugarinthemorning, Martin
Garcia; Pink Lollipops, David Flores; and Quizzical, Gary Stevens.