'Rising Star' Kinza Proves A Dominating Winner of the Santa Ysabel

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Saturday's GIII Santa Ysabel S. proved yet another walk in the park for Michael Lund Petersen's 'TDN Rising Star' Kinza (Carpe Diem), who treated her seven other rivals to a front-running beating while not asked for anything close to her best. It was a second straight win in the race for Petersen, who sent out fellow Fasig-Tipton Midlantic acquisition and 'Rising Star' Faiza (Girvin) last year.

The 1-2 chalk to add to her facile two-length victory in her two-turn bow in the GIII Las Virgenes S. going a mile Feb. 10, the $350,000 Fasig-Tipton Midlantic breezer won the break, but had some company early in the form of Las Virgenes third She's a Tempest (Connect), who prompted through an opening quarter in a strong :22.52. Kept honest enough down the backstretch, Kinza got the opening half-mile in :45.98, but looked to be doing it willingly enough and under a long rein from Juan Hernandez. Asked to extend a bit at the three-furlong pole, with She's a Tempest now under a ride, Kinza kicked farther in front off the final corner and Hernandez had plenty of time to take a look at the infield board to see just how much he had in hand.

It was a fourth Santa Ysabel in succession for trainer Bob Baffert and his ninth overall.

“I think she was just feeling a little fresh and now she knows she was going to race, so she was feeling a little hot,” said Hernandez. “I didn't want to go that fast in the beginning, I wanted to go nice and easy. I just let her go, I didn't want to fight her, she was really comfortable. I felt the pace fast earlier, so I said, 'I'm just going to wait I'm not going to move.' I was just checking making sure no one got too close to me and when she switched leads that's when she picked it up again and gave me another gear, she is a nice filly.”

The New York-bred Kinza, also a $17,000 Fasig-Tipton Saratoga Fall Mixed weanling and $30,000 OBS October yearling, was made a no-brainer 'Rising Star' on debut when streaking away to score by 7 1/2 lengths over six furlongs Dec. 29.

Pedigree Notes:

One of 13 worldwide stakes winners and three graded winners for her sire from five crops of racing age, Kinza is out of a half-sister to the stakes-placed Mylastfirstkiss (Flatter). The last-listed produce for Secret Wonder is a 2-year-old filly by Instagrand.

Saturday, Santa Anita Park
SANTA YSABEL S.-GIII, $101,500, Santa Anita, 3-9, 3yo, f, 1 1/16m, 1:44.16, ft.
1–KINZA, 124, f, 3, by Carpe Diem
             1st Dam: Secret Wonder, by Quality Road
             2nd Dam: Maxinkuckee Miss, by Langfuhr
             3rd Dam: Wini Jones, by Seeking the Gold
($17,000 Wlg '21 FTNMIX; $30,000 Ylg '22 OBSOCT; $350,000 2yo '23 EASMAY). 'TDN Rising Star'. O-Michael Lund Petersen; B-JD Business Ventures LLC, Brushy Hill Stable & Carpe Diem Syndicate (NY); T-Bob Baffert; J-Juan J. Hernandez. $60,000. Lifetime Record: 3-3-0-0, $159,000. Werk Nick Rating: B. Click for the eNicks report & 5-cross pedigree. Click for the free Equineline.com catalogue-style pedigree.
2–Where's My Ring, 120, f, 3, Twirling Candy–Mapit, by Tapit. 1ST BLACK TYPE, 1ST GRADED BLACK TYPE. ($100,000 Ylg '22 KEESEP). O-Michael McMillan; B-Don Alberto Corporation (KY); T-Val Brinkerhoff. $20,000.
3–She's a Tempest, 120, f, 3, Connect–Hurricane Tiz, by Tiznow. O/B-SAYJAY Racing, LLC & Beerman Family Trust (KY); T-Steve Knapp. $12,000.
Margins: 5, 1 1/4, 2HF. Odds: 0.50, 20.30, 13.80.
Also Ran: Ultimate Authority, Shiloh's Mistress, Nay V Belle, Pacific Rose, Ifuaintfirsturlast.
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