Winless in her first two starts, Reddam Racing’s homebred How About Zero broke through in a big way Friday at Santa Anita, as she took the $200,000 Golden State Juvenile Fillies by one length under Mario Gutierrez. Trained by Doug O’Neill, the California-bred daughter of Square Eddie got seven furlongs in 1:24.79.
Breaking from the far outside in a field of 10 California-bred or sired 2-year-old fillies, she settled nicely in mid-pack the first quarter mile and loomed boldly around the turn en route to victory.
A disappointing second at 1-2 in a state-bred maiden special weight going six furlongs here on Sept. 30, How About Zero was off at 10-1 and paid $22.60, $9.40 and $7.60.
A chestnut daughter of California’s leading stallion, Square Eddie, How About Zero is out of Reddam’s Too Much Excess, who is by In Excess. With the winner’s share of $110,000, she increased her earnings to $148,900.
Ms Wakaya, trained by Steve Miyadi, finished well under Kent Desormeaux and finished second, 3 ¼ lengths in front of Isa Firecracker. Off at 7-2, she paid $5.40 and $4.40.
Isa Firecracker, who was ridden by Alejandro Gomez, was off at 11-1 and paid $6.40 to show.
Fractions on the race were 22.50, 45.99 and 1:11.52.
Source: Santa Anita Park