Lucy and Rafael Bejarano have developed a very successful
relationship. Ridden for the second time in-a-row by Santa Anita’s
leading jockey, the 5-year-old mare by Stormy Atlantic followed her win
in the Grade II Santa Ana Stakes at Santa Anita March 16 with a
thrilling come-from-behind neck victory in Sunday’s Grade III, $150,000
Santa Barbara Handicap as she negotiated 1 ¼ miles on turf in 1:58.73.
Photo: Benoit Photo
Trained in her previous 21 starts by Frank Lucarelli, she was sold
privately to Lucarelli’s high school friend Steve Moger following the
Santa Ana win and was trained for the first time by Steve’s brother, Ed
Fifth at the quarter pole, about 3 ½ lengths off the lead, Bejarano
wheeled five wide turning for home and in a desperate finish, was up to
tag Serendipity and Brice Blanc in the shadow of the wire.
“Her last race, she was rank when she was behind horses but today she
relaxed,” said Bejarano. “She and I were really comfortable the whole
way, all the way to the three eighths pole. So, I was confident to come
around and let her go.
“I knew how much horse I had at the three eighths and I knew she was
going to show me a big kick. I just wanted to make sure I was clear and
away from any trouble.”
The 8-5 favorite in a field of eight older fillies and mares, Stormy
Lucy paid $5.40, $3.00 and $2.60. The Santa Barbara was her seventh win
from 22 starts and with the winner’s share of $90,000, she increased
her earnings to $482,200.
“Everything went well,” said Ed Moger. “The horse was ready-made when I
got her. Rafael rode the same race he did in the Santa Ana. Last time
he came inside, this time he went around. I was a little worried when
he was that wide, but I guess he knew what he had.”
Moger indicated that Stormy Lucy would stay at Santa Anita and be
pointed to the Grade I, $300,000 Gamely Stakes at 1 1/8 miles on turf
Trained by Ron McAnally, Argentine-bred Miss Serendipity sat a close
fourth past the wire for the first time while into the bit and saved
ground to the five sixteenths, when she angled out three wide and gained
what appeared to be a commanding one length lead with a furlong to go.
“She got out-kicked late but she did everything perfect,” said Blanc.
“She was better today, she relaxed a lot and she quickened a lot more
too…My mare ran her heart out…As soon as she gets adapted to the
American way I think she’ll have a bright future.”
The third choice at 7-2, Miss Serendipity finished 4 ¼ lengths in front
of Changethechannel and Tyler Baze and paid $4.60 and $3.80.
Changethechannel, who sat a close second to the quarter pole, was off at 12-1 and paid $5.80 to show.
Longshot Phonybooksnrecords, off at 50-1, tired to finish fifth after
setting fractions of 23.73, 47.58, 1:11.48 and 1:35.00.
Second choice Customer Base, off at 3-1, was never a factor and finished last.