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Amid thunder, lightning and rain, 8-5 favorite Vionnet, with Garrett Gomez up, charged through the lane to win Santa Anita’s 10-horse, $50,000 Pebble Beach Purse for fillies and mares, winning by 1 ¼ lengths while getting a mile over a rain-dampened turf in 1:36.19.   

Due to sporadic heavy rainfall throughout the afternoon, the turf course was listed as “good” prior to the Pebble Beach, which was run as the day’s seventh race.

Idle since running second in the China Doll Stakes at Santa Anita on March 10, the 3-year-old Kentucky-bred daughter of Street Sense rated kindly in mid pack going to the Club House turn under Gomez as Ricspretentiousgal and Kevin Krigger carved out fractions of 23.92, 48.55, 1:12.20 and 1:24.20 while getting early pressure from Acenda and Rafael Bejarano and from Gittel, who was ridden by Alex Bisono.

“This was her comeback race,” said Gomez.  “I couldn’t ask for anything more than the way she ran today.  She’d been away a while so I didn’t want to ask her to do too much, but she did enough.  She finished well.”

Owned by her breeder, Ran Jan Racing Inc., Vionnet is trained by Mike Puype.  The winner’s share of $30,000 boosted her bankroll to $96,890, from a 6-2-2-0 record.

Vionnet paid $5.20, $3.40 and $2.60.

Acenda, who was off at 7-1, badgered the pacesetting Ricspretentiousgal and overhauled her late but was unable to withstand the late charge of the winner.  Acenda paid $8.40 and $6.20, while Ricspretentiousgal, the second choice at 9-2, paid $4.20 to show. 

Gomez picked up his third win of the day in the nightcap, winning aboard 9-2 shot Woebegon, which resulted in a Pick Six carryover into Friday at Santa Anita of $37,823.

First post time for Friday’s eight-race program is 1 p.m.


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