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ARCADIA, CA – Baoma Corporation’s Private Mission tossed her hat into the division mix with a dominating performance to win Sunday’s $200,000 Zenyatta Stakes (G2) at Santa Anita Park.
The Zenyatta is a Breeders’ Cup “Win and You’re In” event, with Private Mission receiving an automatic berth in the 2021 Breeders’ Cup Distaff at Del Mar this November.
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Private Mission broke well from post 3 under Flavien Prat as the even-money favorite and was forwardly-placed heading under the wire for the first time, ultimately settling into a two-wide stalking position in second.
The rail-breaking Samurai Charm outhoofed Private Mission for the early lead and posted opening fractions of :23.21 and :46.87 while the bettors’ choice pressed her from the outside.
Private Mission ranged up and effortlessly took the lead entering the far turn as her stablemate As Time Goes By chased close behind.
However, by the top of the stretch, Private Mission was long gone, ultimately drawing off to win the 1 1/16-mile fast dirt route by 2 1/4 lengths in 1:43.77.
“She broke well and got herself into the race,” Prat said. “She relaxed well and took a nice breather going to the 3/8 pole and ran good when I asked her to make her move.”
As Time Goes By saved second by 2 1/4 lengths over Miss Bigly, with Stellar Sound and Lady Kate rounding out the top five finishers.
Samurai Charm, Miss Stormy D, and California Kook completed the order of finish in the race restricted to fillies and mares.
Private Mission’s win was her fourth in 5 starts and followed her first graded score in the 1-mile Torrey Pines Stakes (G3) at Del Mar. The 3-year-old Into Mischief filly, purchased for $750,000 as a yearling, has now banked $256,800.
“I am so psyched for the entire team,” said Susan Chu of Baoma Corporation. “We are grateful for everybody who made this happen today, we are so grateful.”
Private Mission returned $4.20 to win, $2.40 to place, and $2.20 to show. As Time Goes By brought back $2.80 to place and $2.20 to show. Miss Bigly paid $3.40 to show.
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