Omaha Beach Filly All the Way in Anoakia

Sandy Bottom | Benoit

The first to the races for her dam, Sandy Bottom gave her freshman sire Omaha Beach (by War Front) his second black-type stakes winner when she went gate to wire in the Anoakia at Santa Anita on Saturday afternoon.

Notching a front-running win at first asking Sept. 10 at Del Mar, the 6-5 choice broke alertly from the rail, once again seized the lead and never looked back as she commanded the pole position through the checkered flag.

“Today, it seemed like she caught a flier [leaving the gate],” said trainer Michael McCarthy. “I was pleasantly surprised to see her put herself where she did. Umberto seemed in command up the backside, it was nice to see him put a little daylight in between him and everyone else coming to the quarter pole. We will keep her at one turn for now. I believe there is a stake in a few weeks time at Del Mar around one turn that may be something to think about. I think six and a half, seven [furlongs] would be her limit. We will find out.”

The winner's dam, who is a half-sister to GIII Beaumont S. heroine Gas Station Sushi (Into Mischief), foaled her only other offspring–a colt–Feb. 24 by Cloud Computing and she was bred to Greatest Honour for next year.

ANOAKIA S., $91,370, Santa Anita, 10-21, 2yo, f, 6f, 1:10.55, ft.
1–SANDY BOTTOM, 120, f, 2, by Omaha Beach
                1st Dam: Starlit Daydream, by Can the Man
                2nd Dam: Five Star Daydream, by Five Star Day
                3rd Dam: September Charmer, by Septieme Ciel
($145,000 Ylg '22 KEESEP). 1ST BLACK TYPE WIN. O-James Daniell and Donna Daniell; B-Spendthrift Farm LLC (KY); T-Michael W. McCarthy; J-Umberto Rispoli. $54,822. Lifetime Record: 2-2-0-0, $104,022.
2–Tambo, 118, f, 2, Enticed–Flatter Me First, by Flatter.($29,000 Ylg '22 KEEJAN; $25,000 Ylg '22 KEESEP; $70,000 2yo '23 OBSMAR). 1ST BLACK TYPE. O-SAF Racing, Neil A. Haymes, James E. McCadden and William Strauss; B-Thoroughbred by Design LLC (KY); T-Peter Eurton. $18,274.
3–Becky's Dream (Fr), 120, f, 2, City of Light–Corporate Queen, by Colonel John. ($15,000 Ylg '22 KEESEP). O/T-Jose R. Valdez; B-Yeguada Centurion S.L.U. (FR). $10,965.
Margins: 3/4, 3HF, 3HF. Odds: 1.20, 6.80, 4.00.
Also Ran: Dua, Cheeky Gal.
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