October 12, 2018 - Santa Anita, Race 4, Msw, USD $50,000, 6F, .0000
Amuse, F, 3, 2015 by Medaglia d'Oro
1st Dam: Witty (GSW, $162,600), by Distorted Humor
2nd Dam: Well Dressed, by Notebook
3rd Dam: Trithenia, by Gold Meridian
Owner: Claiborne Farm, Perry & Ramona Bass & Adele Dilschneider
Breeder: Raydelz Stable (KY)
Trainer: Richard E. Mandella
Claiborne Farm, Adele Dilschneider and Perry and Ramona Bassâ€™sÂ AmuseÂ (Medaglia dâ€™Oro) proved dirt was more to her liking with a good-looking graduation in her main track-bow at Santa Anita Friday to be tabbed the secondÂ â€˜TDN Rising Starâ€™Â of the day. Fourth in her 1 1/16-mile unveiling on the Del Mar lawn July 21, she fired several bullets in the lead up to this test, most recently breezing a best-of-25 three panels in :35 flat in Arcadia Oct. 8. Favored at 8-5 in this switch to the dirt and cut back in trip, the dark bay ran in a two-wide fifth through an opening quarter in a sharp :21.73. Making an eye-catching move up the outside to take control entering the far turn as the half went up in :45.22, Amuse easily extended clear in the stretch under a hand ride from Hall of Famer Mike Smith to win by 5 1/4 lengths and galloped out even further clear with ears pricked. Creative Contessa (Creative Cause) filled the place spot.
â€œShe had trained okay going into her first race, but coming out of that race, she really trained like a serious horse,â€? said winning trainer Richard Mandella. â€œThe way she trained before she ran, we thought sheâ€™d probably want grass, but once she ran, she really turned it around.â€?
â€œWhat a classy filly,â€? said Smith. â€œSheâ€™s got such a big stride. Once I got her rolling, wow, sheâ€™s very impressive.â€?
Amuse is a half-sister to Bombard (War Front), SW, $211,320. Her Grade III-winning dam Witty is a half to G1 Dubai World Cup and G1 Goodwood S. victor Well Armed (Tiznow); and the dam of Grade I winner American Patriot (War Front). Amuse is her third and final foal. The Medaglia dâ€™Oro/Forty Niner cross is responsible for star fillies such as Hall of Famer Rachel Alexandra, champion Songbird and multiple Grade I winner New Money Honey.