Alms stays perfect by winning Del Mar’s Jimmy Durante

November 30, 2019 03:42pm
Alms stays perfect by winning Del Mar’s Jimmy Durante
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As a debut-winning half-sister of champion Lady Eli, Princesa Caroline earned both headlines and favoritism in Saturday’s Grade 3, $100,000 Jimmy Durante Stakes. But Alms never looked like less than a winner at Del Mar.

Guided by Paco Lopez in the 1-mile turf test for juvenile fillies, Alms took over after a stalking trip and waltzed past pace-setting longshot Laura’s Light for a facile victory.

"I knew I had a lot of horse," said Lopez, who remarked that the ground at Del Mar was better than he expected after a rainy week in California. "I was was waiting for the heavy favorite, but I looked and didn't see her around."

Alms, a Godolphin homebred daughter of City Zip, shipped in from New York for trainer Michael Stidham. She improved to 3-for-3, following up on a Sept. 19 unveiling and Oct. 15 victory in the Matron Stakes (G3), both at Belmont Park.

Alms’ final time was 1:36.01 after she chased opening fractions of 22.74 and 48.08, content to settle with Laura's Light in front and A G Indy to her outside.

Once Lopez let loose on the winner, Laura’s Light held on for second, while Princesa Caroline, stuck wide most of the way, made a mild rally to run third in a field of 11.

“It all went great for us," said Javier Castellano, who rode Princesa Caroline for trainer Chad Brown. "We were in a good spot and she handled the course and everything else very well. She just didn’t bring her big punch with her today.”

The 5-2 shot Alms paid $7.40 to win.


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