Malibu Moon's TDN Rising Star Winding Way Launches Improbable Rally to Win GIII Rancho Bernando
Sunday, Del Mar
RANCHO BERNARDO H.-GIII
, $150,000, DMR, 8-19, 3yo/up, f/m, 6 1/2f (AWT), 1:15 4/5, ft.
1--#@WINDING WAY, 114, f, 3, by Malibu Moon 1st Dam: More Than Pretty (SW, $210,412), by More Than Ready
2nd Dam: Pretty Livia, by Forest Wildcat
3rd Dam: Baby Jinx, by Crafty Prospector
O/B-Spendthrift Farm LLC (KY); T-Carla Gaines; J-Rafael Bejarano; $90,000. Lifetime Record: 3-3-0-0, $163,800. *Full to Kauai Katie, GSW, $168,000. Werk Nick Rating: A+++. Click for the eNicks report & 5-cross pedigree.
, 118, f, 4, Candy Ride (Arg)
-- Social Belle, by In Excess (Ire). O/B-Stephen B Weissman (CA); T-Ronald L McAnally; $30,000.
, 119, f, 4, Indian Charlie
--Mini Chat, by Deputy Minister. ($440,000 yrl '09 KEESEP). O-Ramona Bass, Claiborne Farm & Adele Dilschneider; B-Stonerside Stable, Marula Park Stud & Dr & Mrs Walter Zent (KY); T-Richard E Mandella; $18,000.
Margins: HF, 1 1/4, 3 1/4. Odds: 1.40, 4.00, 3.00.
Also Ran: Indian Gracey, Moonstruck Maya, Glamorista, Home Sweet Aspen.Click for the brisnet.com chart or the brisnet.com PPs. Video, sponsored by Taylor Made Sales.
Winding Way had been a dominant front-running winner of both previous outings, first with a 4 3/4-length debut victory at Hollywood Park June 10 and then with a 7 1/4-length "TDN Rising Star"
performance against allowance foes at this track and trip July 21. The filly had to come from well out of it this time after getting left at the break and spotted the field some 12 lengths as Sugarinthemorning set lively but unpressured splits. Winding Way began to make up rapid progress on the turn and swung into the stretch with a full head of steam. As she rallied, she bore in under right-handed urging as Rafael Bejarano tried to get her to switch leads, but once she did, she flew past Sugarinthemorning for the win. There was an inquiry as third-placed Rumor had to take up a bit when Winding Way came in on her, but the stewards let the order stand. "I thought we were ready, but when they went, she turned her head sideways and we didn't go anywhere," explained Bejarano. "I didn't want to rush her, so I just let her run away from there. Even though we were way behind, I had a lot of confidence in her. The last time I rode her we went wire-to-wire and won by seven. This time she did it totally different--all the way in the back. She's special."