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SECRET COMPASS, WITH ROSIE NAPRAVNIK UP, COLLARS SHE’S A TIGER & STEVENS LATE TO SPRING SURPRISE IN GRADE I CHANDELIER STAKES
‘WIN AND YOU’RE IN’ PREP TO BREEDERS’ CUP JUVENILE FILLIES DECIDED BY A HEAD AT THE WIRE,BAFFERT TRAINS FIRST & THIRD FINISHERS, AS 6-5 FAVORITE FASCINATING CHECKS IN THIRD
ARCADIA, Calif. (Sept. 28, 2013)—In what could be a preview of things to come later in the day, Rosie Napravnik and Gary Stevens battled the length of the Santa Anita stretch in Saturday’s Grade I, $250,000 Chandelier Stakes for 2-year-old fillies, with Napravnik prevailing by a head aboard longshot Secret Compass over 2-1 second choice She’s a Tiger, getting the 1 1/16 miles in 1:44.91.
A Breeders’ Cup “Win and You’re In” qualifying race to the $2 million Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies on Nov. 1 at Santa Anita, both fillies, Secret Compass, trained by Bob Baffert, and She’s a Tiger, trained by Jeff Bonde, are now set for a rematch four weeks hence.
As the field of seven approached the far turn, Stevens and She’s a Tiger committed to the lead, and quickly opened up four lengths going to the five-sixteenths pole, at which point Napravnik and Secret Compass emerged from the pack and the battle was joined, as She’s a Tiger led by a length at the top of the stretch.
“I was worried when I got to Gary’s horse that he (might) sprint away,” said Napravnik, who is engaged to ride in two other “Win and You’re In” preps later. “He did for a little bit, but my filly just kept running and she was all out sticking her nose out for the win.
“We’ll have to see if I’ll be riding her in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies. I don’t know where Bob (Baffert) is going with her, so we’ll see.”
A maiden winner sprinting two starts back, Secret Compass was a non-threatening fourth in the Grade I Del Mar Debutante Aug. 31.
“She was very disappointing at Del Mar,” said Baffert. “Rosie was open (today) and I needed a rider, so I put her on there. It was a no brainer. I think she’s an excellent rider so I put her on and she sort of turned her loose and let her run her race.”
Owned by Westrock Stables LLC, Secret Compass, a Kentucky-bred filly by Discreet Cat, paid $23.40, $8.40 and $3.60. With the winner’s share of $150,000, she hiked her bankroll to $216,120. She now has two wins from four starts.
Victorious with Stevens aboard at 9-2 in the Del Mar Debutante, She’s a Tiger was also trying a route of ground for the first time in the Chandelier.
“She kicked clear coming into the stretch but I was pretty empty (by then), but she still put up a fight,” said Stevens. “When she switched to her right lead, she was really laboring and I knew they were coming. I thought we might finish fourth. I wound up getting beat a head…and she even started to come back the last sixteenth.
“I’m very proud of her and looking forward to the Breeders’ Cup.”
She’s a Tiger paid $4.00 and $2.40.
Fascinating, with Rafael Bejarano up, paid $2.10 to show and is on-track for the Breeders’ Cup as well, according to Baffert.
“She falls so far back and then comes running, but I really think she’ll move forward off of this,” said Baffert.
Fractions on the race were 22.80, 46.25, 1:10.27 and 1:37.66.