Abbondanza Racing’s Goodyearforroses has won her third consecutive race since going through the auction ring at the Keeneland November sale and being switched to the care of trainer Richard Baltas. The 5-year-old daughter of Azamour earned her first graded stakes victory in Sunday’s G2 Santa Ana, partnering with jockey Corey Nakatani to cover nine furlongs over Santa Anita’s firm turf in 1:47.98 and besting Pretty Girl by about 2 1/2 lengths at the wire.
Goodyearforroses broke well near the inside of the eight-horse field, then was overcome by the speedy Kenriya, a bit rank as she surged to the lead. Evo Campo stayed up alongside her to press the pace, and Do the Dance settled to the inside of Goodyearforroses, keeping the eventual winner off the rail all the way down the backstretch.
After early fractions of :23.85, :48.92 and 1:12.80, Goodyearforroses angled out three-wide and began to unleash her massive stride. At the head of the lane, Nakatani had the mare a length in front of the field. He continued to ride her out all the way to the wire, but Goodyearforroses was never seriously threatened in her 2 1/2-length triumph. Pretty Girl closed well from the rear of the field to be a clear second, and Sweet Charity was up for third.
Bred in Ireland by The Hornets, Goodyearforroses was a $ 200,000 purchase at the most recent Keeneland November mixed sale. Prior to entering the sales ring, the filly had won several allowance races and a listed stake at Woodbine, finishing up her career with Roger Attfield with a third-place effort in the G3 Maple Leaf Stakes. Overall, Goodyearforroses boasts a record of seven wins from 15 starts, with earnings of over $ 360,000.
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