Laura’s Light got the bob to take home the GIII Honeymoon S. Saturday in Arcadia. Seizing the early advantage, the gray was overtaken by Parkour (Carpe Diem), who shot out to a clear lead, clocking a half-mile in :46.98. Laura’s Light remained patient, slowly closing in on the leader approaching the bend. Taking control in the lane, she was chased home by Stela Star and Croughavouke, but held them off to the line.
“She’s a gutty little filly and I can’t say enough about the ride Abel gave her,” said Peter Miller. “It was a world class ride. Great judge of pace and knowing when to push the button, that was Abel today…I’m happy for Mr. Barber, this has been a very difficult period for all of us and it’s great to be back racing. We’ve got a lot of options with her. Del Mar’s all about turf racing for 3-year-olds and we’re looking forward to it.”
A debut winner for Scott Herbertson and trainer Jamey Thomas, Laura’s Light was privately purchased by Gary Barber and transferred to Peter Miller. Runner-up in the GIII Jimmy Durante S., she captured the Blue Norther S. in Arcadia in December and followed suit with a win in the GIII Sweet Life S. Feb. 16. She faded to fourth last time on the synthetic at Turfway in the Bourbonette Oaks Mar. 14.
Laura’s Light is one of five graded winners and five stakes winner from the first crop of red hot young sire Constitution. Stakes-placed Light of a Star is also the dam of SW & MGSP ‘TDN Rising Star’ Barry Lee (Violence). The half-sister to GSW Summer Hit (Bertrando) also produced a 2-year-old colt by Mineshaft and a yearling colt by Cairo Prince. She was bred back to Violence.
Saturday, Santa Anita
HONEYMOON S.-GIII, $101,500, Santa Anita, 5-30, 3yo, f,
1 1/8mT, 1:49.02, fm.
1–LAURA’S LIGHT, 122, f, 3, by Constitution
1st Dam: Light of a Star (SP, $140,590), by Muqtarib
2nd Dam: Mia F Eighteen, by Tough Knight
3rd Dam: Lucky Mia, by Regal Bearing (GB)
($95,000 Wlg ’17 KEENOV; $25,000 RNA Ylg ’18 KEESEP).
O-Gary Barber; B-Golden Pedigree LLC (KY); T-Peter Miller;
J-Abel Cedillo. $60,000. Lifetime Record: 6-4-1-0, $214,370.
*1/2 to Barry Lee (Violence), SW & MGSP, $167,824. Werk
Nick Rating: A. Click for the eNicks report & 5-cross pedigree.
2–Stela Star (Ire), 120, f, 3, Epaulette (Aus)–Compostela (GB),
by Sea The Stars (Ire). (€23,000 Ylg ’18 GOFOR). O-Hronis
Racing LLC; B-Vimal & Gillian Khosla (IRE); T-John W Sadler.
3–Croughavouke (Ire), 120, f, 3, Dandy Man (Ire)–Coin Case
(Ire), by Frozen Power (Ire). (€4,500 RNA Ylg ’18 GOFSPT).
O-Red Baron’s Barn LLC & Rancho Temescal LLC; B-Joe Fogarty
(IRE); T-Jeff Mullins. $12,000.
Margins: NK, NK, 2HF. Odds: 2.30, 1.90, 11.70.
Also Ran: Red Lark (Ire), Guitty (Fr), K P Dreamin, Parkour, Fashion Royalty (GB). Scratched: Little Bird (Ire). Click for the Equibase.com chart, the TJCIS.com PPs or the free Equineline.com catalogue-style pedigree. VIDEO, sponsored by Fasig-Tipton.