Get Her Number (Dialed In) and Rombauer (Twirling Candy), also-rans in the Del Mar Juvenile Turf Sept. 7, reported home one-two to spring an upset in Saturday’s GI American Pharoah S., a ‘Win and You’re In’ for the GI Breeders’ Cup Juvenile at Keeneland. It was another gap back to the favored maiden Spielberg (Union Rags) in third.
Nicely away from gate six, Get Her Number set up camp just to the outside of longshot Dyn O Mite (Goldencents) as Spielberg settled in an apparently good spot, just behind the speed. Well held on the far-turn run, Get Her Number struck to the lead with a quarter mile to race and and held sway late.
Rombauer, also making his dirt debut, dropped out to the tail of the field, made a menacing wide move into contention at the head of the lane and plugged on gamely for second while covering 14 more feet than the winner, according to Trakus.
Get Her Number, a $45,000 OBS Spring (:21) purchase by Gary Barber, debuted with a victory sprinting on the Del Mar lawn for Peter Miller Aug. 14 prior to finishing fourth as the favorite after setting the pace in the Del Mar Juvenile Turf.
“I thought it was a great move [switching to dirt],” winning jockey Flavien Prat said. “He was a bit disappointing last race. I thought I had good race, easy pace and he didn’t really show a turn of foot. We had a good trip; he broke well and he put me in the race. He reacted well on the backside and by that point I felt in control. It is great, Breeders’ Cup is always something we all look forward to so it’s cool.”
Dialed In has been quietly accruing a bevy of nice runners and Get Her Number, who is his sire’s fifth graded winner and 15th black-type winner overall, is the first Grade I winner for the Darby Dan stallion, although he’s come close with six GI/G1 placings by Gunnevera and additional GI placings for both Chalon and Finnick the Fierce. Get Her Number’s dam, Fancier, is by another under-the-radar performer in Bernstein, whose 63 stakes winner out of his daughters include champion Champagne Room (Broken Vow) and MGISW Gormley (Malibu Moon). Fancier sold to William Nicks for just $1,300 in foal to Astern (Aus) at the 2019 Keeneland November sale, but a foal has not been reported for her this year. Get Her Number’s American Pharoah win is the first black-type in the family since his third dam, Shy Princess, placed in the 1986 G1 Prix Morny. Shy Princess was a half-sister to GI Breeders’ Cup Mile winner Opening Verse (The Minstrel) and produced GSW Diffident (Fr) (Nureyev).
Saturday, Santa Anita
AMERICAN PHAROAH S.-GI, $301,000, Santa Anita, 9-26, 2yo, 1 1/16m, 1:44.92, ft.
1–GET HER NUMBER, 122, c, 2, by Dialed In
1st Dam: Fancier, by Bernstein
2nd Dam: Princess Pegasus, by Fusaichi Pegasus
3rd Dam: Shy Princess, by Irish River (Fr)
1ST BLACK TYPE WIN, 1ST GRADED STAKES WIN, 1ST GRADE I
WIN. ($45,000 2yo ’20 OBSAPR). O-Gary Barber; B-Philip &
Brenda Robertson (KY); T-Peter Miller; J-Flavien Prat.
$180,000. Lifetime Record: 3-2-0-0, $219,000. Werk Nick
Rating: A+. Click for eNicks report & 5-cross pedigree.
2–Rombauer, 122, c, 2, Twirling Candy–Cashmere, by Cowboy
Cal. O/B-John & Diane Fradkin (KY); T-Michael W. McCarthy.
3–Spielberg, 122, c, 2, Union Rags–Miss Squeal, by Smart Strike.
($1,000,000 Ylg ’19 KEESEP). O-SF Racing LLC, Starlight Racing,
Madaket Stables LLC, Golconda Stables, Siena Farm LLC &
Robert Masterson; B-G. Watts Humphrey (KY); T-Bob Baffert.
Margins: 3/4, 4 3/4, 4HF. Odds: 8.10, 11.70, 1.10.
Also Ran: Waspirant, Dyn O Mite, Touchdown Brown, Notable Exception. Scratched: Weston. Click for the Equibase.com chart, the TJCIS.com PPs or the free Equineline.com catalogue-style pedigree. VIDEO, sponsored by Fasig-Tipton.