Carressa takes to turf and earns first graded stakes in Megahertz



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In her first take a look at on turf and primary time in graded stakes pageant, instructor John Shirreffs’ Carressa comfortable early and answered with an empathic stretch kick en path to a 3 quarter duration ranking in Monday’s Grade 3, $100,000 Megahertz Stakes at Santa Anita.

Ridden by way of Victor Espinoza, the 4-year-old daughter of Uncle Mo were given one mile on turf in 1:34.64.

Breaking a little tardily from the rail in a box of 7 older fillies and mares, Carressa was once a handful with Espinoza within the run to the primary flip. In what proved a fortuitous choice, Espinoza opted to sit down simply in at the back of Brill and Keeper Ofthe Stars into the Membership Area flip. As the sector straightened for the run to the a long way flip, Carressa seemed to settle and when she engaged preferred Brill turning for house, she made the lead simply and saved Tremendous Patriot and L. a. Sardane at bay past due for an outstanding win.

“We didn’t know if she’d care for the turf, so I had two plans,” stated Espinoza, who has now ridden her in her remaining 4 begins. “If she broke sharp, I’d move to the lead, however she more or less neglected the ruin, so we sat at the back of. I sought after to stay her coated up going into the primary flip as a result of she was once pulling lovely laborious. Once we became up the backstretch, I moved her out and dropped my palms and she or he comfortable. At that time, I knew she was once dealing with the turf and I actually wasn’t anxious about any individual else.”

An eight ¼ duration one mile allowance winner on grime at Del Mar Nov. 22, Carressa was once off at 4-1 and paid $10.20, $5.00 and $4.00.




“I’m actually overjoyed together with her, the way in which she’s improved and the way in which she ran lately,” stated Shirreffs.  “I believed a very powerful factor was once when Victor was once ready to keep an eye on her there going into the primary flip. After that, she settled and actually ran smartly.”

Owned by way of West Level Thoroughbreds and Mercedes Strong, Carressa, who’s out of the Wasteland God mare Iplaytricks, has gained 3 out of her remaining 4 begins and is now 3 for 6 general, relationship again to March 30, 2019. With the winner’s percentage of $60,000, she higher her profits to $139,302.

Taken in hand early, California-bred Tremendous Patriot had two horses beat after 1 / 4 mile and rallied smartly to simply collar L. a. Sardane by way of a neck for 2nd cash. Off at 5-2 with Joel Rosario, Tremendous Patriot paid $3.80 and $2.80.

L. a. Sardane, who cut up horses turning for house below Flavien Prat, was once off at 14-1 and paid $7.20 to turn.

Fractions at the race have been 23.61, 46.83, 1:11.35 and 1:22.98.

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