Benedetta (f, 2, City of Light–Tessie Flip, by Grand Slam), a $750,000 OBS March purchase by Kaleem Shah, kicked off her career in style with a 'TDN Rising Star' performance at Los Alamitos Saturday afternoon.
The 3-5 favorite bumped with a rival at the start and recovered nicely to flash good speed through an opening quarter in :21.94. Traveling powerfully while about four wide on the turn for home, she switched over to her right lead in the stretch and was under cruise control down the lane to win by a geared-down three lengths over Tambo (Enticed).
Benedetta RNA'd for $290,000 as a Keeneland September yearling, then fired a :9 4/5 bullet from the Top Line Sales LLC, Agent X consignment at OBS March this year.
Tessie Flip, a two-time winning half-sister to MGISW Switch (Quiet American), is also responsible for Jo Jo Air (Scat Daddy), MSW & GSP, $221,474; the 3-year-old stakes-placed colt in Ireland and $400,000 KEESEP yearling Congo River (Mendelssohn); and a 2023 filly by Maxfield. Tessie Flip, a $200,000 KEEJAN purchase by Springhouse Farm in 2014, RNA'd for $370,000 at the 2014 KEENOV sale.
Benedetta is the second 'TDN Rising Star' for City of Light.
Juvenile filly #3 BENEDETTA trots home in Race 3 at Los Alamitos. @simon_callaghan trains the daughter of @lanesendfarms City of Light. @JJHernandezS19 was in the irons for this victory! pic.twitter.com/Vz615r1gjS
— TVG (@TVG) July 8, 2023
3rd-Los Alamitos, $45,500, Msw, 7-8, 2yo, f, 5f, :57.92, ft, 3 lengths.
BENEDETTA, f, 2, by City of Light
1st Dam: Tessie Flip, by Grand Slam
2nd Dam: Antoniette, by Nicholas
3rd Dam: Queen of Women, by Sharpen Up (GB)
Sales history: $290,000 RNA Ylg '22 KEESEP; $750,000 2yo '23 OBSMAR. Lifetime Record: 1-1-0-0, $27,000. Click for the Equibase.com chart or the free
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O-Kaleem Shah, Inc.; B-Springhouse Farm & Dromoland Farm (KY); T-Simon Callaghan. *1/2 to Jo Jo Air (Scat Daddy), MSW & GSP, $221,474.