ELMONT, NY – Following fellow French-bred filly La Sardane one race earlier, La Signare made her American stakes debut a winning one while wiring Thursday’s Grade 3, $200,000 Wonder Again Stakes at Belmont Park.
Breaking sharply from post 9 under Joel Rosario, La Signare was spotted multiple lengths while leading through tepid fractions of :26.36, :50.95, 1:14.54, and 1:36.17 through the opening mile. Rosario waited patiently to give her the cue, even as the 4-5 favorite Significant Form loomed large heading into the far turn. Swinging out at the top of the stretch, La Signare found a new gear when Significant Form attempted to challenge her. Repelling her highly-bet foe less than a furlong from the finish, La Signare continued strongly through to the wire to win by a length in a final time of 1:48.84 for the 1 1/8-mile event over the firm inner turf.
This one had some speed, that’s for sure,” Rosario said. “She ran very good. She ran nice early, and ran very good after that. She relaxed very nicely and had a long, slow gallop early, and before turning for home, I said, ‘Well it’s great, because I know we were going slow,’ and she handled it really well. Good run. I like her. It’s always good when they run like that.”
Significant Form had to hold off late rallies from Mighty Scarlett and Daddy Is a Legend to take second, with a neck separating each foe from the other. Altea took fifth over Andina Del Sur, with Camila Princess, Armoricaine, and Spinning Top completing the order of finish. Animosity was scratched.
La Signare’s win improved her worldwide record to 4-2-1-0 with career earnings of $144,413 for owners Madaket Stables, Tim Cambron, Anna Cambron, and Bradley Thoroughbreds. The 3-year-old daughter of French stallion Siyouni was making her second start stateside after taking second in an allowance race at Keeneland in April for trainer Brian Lynch.
“I didn’t really think there was a lot of speed in the race, so it was going to be a bit of a cat and mouse game,” Lynch said. “I’m always a big believer that pace makes the race, so we put her where she was comfortable, and evidently, that’s where she was comfortable. She had been doing so well coming into the race, so it didn’t surprise me that that’s where she ended up.”
La Signare returned $14.60 to win, $4.70 to place, and $3.70 to show. Significant Form brought back $2.70 to place and $2.40 to show, while Mighty Scarlett paid $4.20 to show.