Kalypso broke her maiden in stakes company with a front-running score in the Anoakia S. Sunday at Santa Anita. The chestnut filly strode out to the early lead and was in hand through a quarter in :22.17 and a half :45.14. Three lengths in front with furlong to run, Kalypso was never threatened and sailed under the wire 2 1/4 lengths in front to become the second black-type winner for her freshman sire (by Giant’s Causeway).
“When you ride for Bob [Baffert], he just says, ‘Break well and play the break,'” said winning rider Abel Cedillo. “I knew she had speed, so she broke really sharp and I just took that. She finished really strong and she galloped out really strong too. I think she did it pretty well.”
Kalypso was third behind subsequent GI Del Mar Debutante runner-up Forest Caraway (Bodemeister) and Debutante third-place finisher Illumination in her 5 1/2-furlong debut at Del Mar Aug. 15 and had to settle for second behind Queengol after setting the pace over that same track and distance Sept. 5.
“We’ve been wanting to run her long, but we couldn’t get a race to go,” Baffert said. “She got sick after Del Mar, so we took our time with her. She’s been training well and she’s changed a lot. We’ll stretch her out next time.”
Malibu Cove has a yearling filly by Hit it a Bomb who sold for $4,000 at last year’s Keeneland November sale. The mare, a full-sister to multiple graded stakes winner Prospective and to the dam of this year’s GIII Bashford Manor S. third-place finisher Herd Immunity (Union Rags), also has a weanling by Mor Spirit and she was bred back to Jimmy Creed. Spendthrift’s B. Wayne Hughes purchased the winner’s second dam, Spirited Away, for $290,000 as a Fasig-Tipton Saratoga yearling in 2005. Click for the Equibase.com chart or VIDEO, sponsored by Fasig-Tipton.
ANOAKIA S., $77,950, Santa Anita, 10-18, 2yo, f, 6f, 1:10.30, ft.
1–KALYPSO, 118, f, 2, by Brody’s Cause
1st Dam: Malibu Cove, by Malibu Moon
2nd Dam: Spirited Away, by Awesome Again
3rd Dam: Cape North, by Capote
($240,000 Ylg ’19 FTKJUL). 1ST BLACK TYPE WIN.
O-Rockingham Ranch and David A Bernsen LLC; B-Spendthrift
Farm LLC (KY); T-Bob Baffert; J-Abel Cedillo. $46,500. Lifetime
Record: 3-1-1-1, $64,100.
2–Queengol, 120, f, 2, Flashback–Nechez Dawn, by Indian
Charlie. ($22,000 Wlg ’18 KEENOV; $90,000 2yo ’20 OBSMAR).
O-Saragol Stable Corp. & Johana Viana; B-John R. Penn (KY);
T-John W. Sadler. $15,500.
3–Illumination, 118, f, 2, Medaglia d’Oro–Light the City, by
Street Sense. ($900,000 Ylg ’19 FTSAUG). O-George Bolton,
Peter & Karin Leidel, Barry Lipman, & Kerri Radcliffe; B-Breeze
Easy, LLC (KY); T-Bob Baffert. $9,300.
Margins: 2 1/4, HF, 1 1/4. Odds: 4.80, 1.20, 6.10.
Also Ran: Forest Caraway, Needless to Say.