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Get Her Number Upsets American Pharoah
Credit: Ernie Belmonte

Get Her Number Upsets American Pharoah

ARCADIA, CA – Gary Barber’s Get Her Number stalked the early pace before drawing away in the stretch to upset Saturday’s $300,000 American Pharoah Stakes (G1) at Santa Anita Park.

The American Pharoah is a Breeders’ Cup “Win and You’re In” event, with Get Her Number receiving an automatic berth in the TVG Juvenile Presented by the Thoroughbred Aftercare Alliance (TAA) at Keeneland this November.

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Sent from post 6 under Flavien Prat as the 8/1 fifth choice in the seven-horse field, Get Her Number challenged for the early lead outside of Dyn O Mite and the even-money favorite Spielberg, who backed off heading into the clubhouse turn.

Dyn O Mite held a slight lead over Get Her Number through opening fractions of :23.12 and :47.07, but Prat got the jump on the runners behind him and moved up to take command near the 3/8 pole.

Straightening for home with an insurmountable advantage, the Peter Miller trainee crossed 3/4 of a length clear while completing the 1 1/16-mile fast dirt route in 1:44.92.

Credit: Ernie Belmonte

“We had a good trip,” Prat said. “He broke well and he put me in the race. He reacted well on the backside, and by that point, I felt in control.”

Rombauer rallied from last to take second, well clear of Spielberg in third.

Waspirant, Dyn O Mite, Touchdown Brown, and Notable Exception completed the order of finish.

Weston was scratched.

Get Her Number’s win came in his dirt debut after making his first 2 starts on the Del Mar turf, where he broke his maiden on debut before finishing fourth (beaten 1 length) in the Del Mar Juvenile Turf Stakes. The Dialed In colt, purchased for $45,000 this past April, has now earned $219,000.

“We wanted to see how the horse could do in the grass, so we decided to give that a shot,” said assistant trainer Ruben Alvarado. “There wasn’t anything too quick for him on the turf. We had to take close to a month before coming back to this race. We went back to the dirt and gave him a couple workouts that went well, so we decided let’s do it and see if we get lucky or not.”

Get Her Number returned $18.20 to win, $8.20 to place, and $3.40 to show. Rombauer brought back $9.60 to place and $4.40 to show, while Spielberg paid $2.40 to show.

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