ARCADIA, CA – From last to first, Beau Recall showed off her late speed to win the Grade 2, $200,000 Royal Heroine Stakes at Santa Anita. This was her first win since January of 2017 and her first career graded stakes victory.
Enola Gray returned to the track off of a nine-month layoff and wasted no time getting to the lead. She was joined at the front by the combination of Madame Stripes and Mongolian Shopper who together worked to set fractions of :24.12, :47.39, 1:11.02, and 1:22.88. Beau Recall, meanwhile, sat at the back of the pack, content to let the other horses battle it out at the front. As the field entered the stretch, Beau Recall took off, making it look as though the rest of the field was standing still. The late move down the stretch, which was well timed by jockey Joel Rosario, allowed Beau Recall cross the wire a comfortable full length ahead of the rest of the field. Thundering Sky finished second, followed by Madame Stripes and Enola Gray.
Rosario said of Beau Recall’s late speed, “By the 3/8 pole I tapped her a little, worked her up a bit and that’s when she just took off really well”
Jockey Kent Desormeaux, on the other hand, was disappointed by the slow early fractions, but still praised the work of third-place finisher Madame Stripes, saying, “That 24.0 in the first 1/4 were pedestrian… It turned into a sprint the last 3/16 and that is not her cup of tea. She could have gone around again. I thought she was phenomenal today under the circumstances.”
Nick Cosato, founder of Slam Dunk Racing and owner of Beau Recall, had a lot to be proud of after the race. “Beau Recall is my all-time favorite… there’s a lot to like about her,” he said.
Well, now there is more to like about this horse, because Beau Recall is Slam Dunk Racing’s newest graded stakes winner.
Beau Recall returned $10.80 to win, $5.20 to place, and $3.20 to show. Thundering Sky brought back $4.40 to place and $3.20 to show, while Madame Stripes paid $3.60 to show.