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Will Teddy's Promise Win Another Grade One?

Teddy’s Promise will attempt to replicate her authoritative triumph in the Grade I La Brea Stakes for 3-year-olds on New Year’s Eve when returning at the same seven-furlong distance in Saturday’s Grade I, $300,000 Santa Monica Stakes for fillies and mares.

 

Among six challengers to Teddy’s Promise will be Sugarinthemorning, second in the La Brea; Home Sweet Aspen, who finished fourth, and Rumor, dominant winner of the Kalookan Queen Handicap on Jan. 1.

  

Santa Monica favorite Teddy’s Promise, trained by Ron Ellis for owner/breeders Ted and Judy Nichols, won her third straight in the La Brea. The extent of her class, however, did not become evident until her showing at odds of 16-1 in the prestigious Grade I. Among those she left in her wake was three-time Grade I winner Turbulent Descent. “I had so much horse today,” said winning jockey Victor Espinoza, “I wasn’t expecting anybody to come near me. She’s a runner.” Teddy’s Promise will take earnings of $350,808 from a 5-2-1 record in 13 starts into the Santa Monica.

 

“I think she’s still improving,” Espinoza said in anticipation of being reunited with Teddy’s Promise. “She’s getting better and better. In past races, she was on the lead, but I think Ron (Ellis) has figured out that she’s better coming from off the pace. He’s done an unbelievable job with her.”

 

Rumor, a 4-year-old daughter of Indian Charlie, will be seeking her first graded stakes victory. She has never been worse than second while winning 4 of 7 career starts for $201,718. Mike Smith will take over in the saddle for injured Garrett Gomez.

 

Richard Mandella trains Rumor for Ramona Bass, Claiborne Farm and Adele Dilschneider. “Richard has taken his time with her and done a tremendous job,” Gomez said following the filly’s 2 ¼-length victory in the Kalookan Queen at 6 ½ furlongs.

 

The complete field for the Santa Monica Stakes, with jockeys and weights in post position order: Bella Diamante, David Flores, 118; Big Tiz, Corey Nakatani, 118; Teddy’s Promise, Victor Espinoza, 123; Home Sweet Aspen, Joel Rosario, 118; She’s Cheeky, Joseph Talamo, 118; Rumor, Mike Smith, 118, and Sugarinthemorning, Rafael Bejarano, 118. 

 

 

 

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Teddy's Promise finally flourished to her full potential. She will definitely win another Grade 1 and more. Ron Ellis has brought the best in her. She's the new freak in the filly & mare sprint division!

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