Easy Money in Chandelier


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'TDN Rising Star' Ain't Easy (f, 2, Into Mischief–Ameristralia {Aus}, by Fastnet Rock {Aus}) put on a show to remain unbeaten while punching her ticket to the GI Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies in Friday's 'Win and You're In' GII Chandelier S. at Santa Anita.

Electric Ride (Daredevil), a runaway debut winner at Del Mar Aug. 28, was second; second out Del Mar maiden winner Desert Dawn (Cupid) was third. Heavily favored GI TVG Del Mar Debutante S. heroine Grace Adler (Curlin) never factored while fifth.

Ain't Easy, a sharp 5 1/4-length debut winner going 5 1/2 furlongs at Del Mar Aug. 21, raced in a joint- second under a snug hold on the inside rounding the clubhouse turn in this two-turn debut. Joel Rosario sent her through an inviting opening along the inside to challenge for command at the half-mile marker. The 7-2 chance began to let it out a notch a quarter of a mile from home and wasn't for catching from there, scoring by 4 3/4 good-looking lengths.

“She acted very professional, sitting behind horses,” said winning trainer Phil D'Amato, who also saddled the third-place finisher. “When Joel [Rosario] wanted to, she came up the inside, which I like to see with a young horse. She just looked like she was having fun in the stretch. I think it set up perfect. A good two-turn experience, confidence booster, an easy win, where it didn't look like she was taxed too much, so I like everything I saw right now.”

Pedigree Notes:

Ain't Easy becomes the 100th stakes winner/45th graded winner for her all-conquering sire Into Mischief. The winner's dam–Group 3-placed sprinting on the lawn in Australia and a full-sister to Japanese MGSW Fiano Romano (Aus) (Fastnet Rock {Aus})–is also responsible for a colt by Bolt d'Oro of 2020 and a filly by Mendelssohn of this year. She was bred back to Vino Rosso. Ain't Easy's second dam Heart Ashley (Lion Heart) was a two-time Grade III winner and brought $500,000 from James Bester, agent, at the 2010 KEENOV sale. This is also the female family of GI Cold Cup at Santa Anita S. winner and young sire Cupid (Tapit).

Friday, Santa Anita
CHANDELIER S.-GII, $201,000, Santa Anita, 10-1, 2yo, f, 1 1/16m, 1:45.20, ft.
1–AIN'T EASY, 122, f, 2, by Into Mischief
                1st Dam: Ameristralia (Aus) (GSP-Aus, $103,115), by
                                Fastnet Rock (Aus)
                2nd Dam: Heart Ashley, by Lion Heart
                3rd Dam: Pretty 'n Smart, by Beau Genius
Ylg '20 KEESEP). O-Old Bones Racing Stable, LLC, Michael V.
Lombardi & Joey Platts; B-Spendthrift Farm, LLC (KY); T-Philip
D'Amato; J-Joel Rosario. $120,000. Lifetime Record: 2-2-0-0,
$162,000. Werk Nick Rating: C. Click for the eNicks report & 5-cross pedigree.
2–Electric Ride, 122, f, 2, Daredevil–Why Oh You, by Yes It's
True. ($130,000 Ylg '20 FTKOCT; $250,000 2yo '21 OBSAPR).
O-Talla Racing LLC; B-St. Simon Place (IN); T-John W. Sadler.
3–Desert Dawn, 122, f, 2, Cupid–Ashley's Glory, by Honour and
Glory. ($32,000 RNA Ylg '20 OBSOCT). O/B-H & E Ranch (AZ);
T-Philip D'Amato. $24,000.
Margins: 4 3/4, 1 1/4, 2 1/4. Odds: 3.50, 5.00, 31.20.
Also Ran: Censorship, Grace Adler, Dance to the Music, Elm Drive. Click for the Equibase.com chart, the TJCIS.com PPs or the free Equineline.com catalogue-style pedigree. VIDEO, sponsored by TVG.

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