Cheyenne Stables’ resolute 3-year-old filly showed her mettle once again in Saturday’s $100,000 Santa Ysabel S. (G3) at Santa Anita Park...
Cheyenne Stables’ resolute 3-year-old filly showed her mettle once again in Saturday’s $100,000 Santa Ysabel S. (G3) at Santa Anita Park, finishing a clear second after putting away a pair of foes she had dueled with in the first six furlongs of the 1 1/16-mile contest.
Light the City, who was also a close second in the Las Virgenes S. (G1) last month, got a flier out of the gate on Saturday, but was quickly joined by Enchanting Lady to her inside going into the first turn. Jockey Kent Desormeaux also had concerns about Rattataptap, who was rank and running up on his filly’s heels on the turn.
Enchanting Lady continued to control things on the backstretch and sprinted a couple of lengths clear entering the final bend, but Light the City came right back and was joined by Glory and Stellar Wind to her outside.
The quartet entered the stretch together, with Stellar Wind, who had come from off the pace, having the advantage. Light the City put away the other front runners and was an uncontested second on the wire.
“We were similar in placement to the Las Virgenes but it was a completely different race. We were crawling today and really sprinted to the wire,” said Desormeaux. “It turned into a typical turf-style race where it’s slow early but you sprint late.
“She was full of run under the wire but she had one that out-sprinted her. She’s obviously very good.”
Light the City earned 20 qualifying points toward the $1 million Kentucky Oaks (G1), and has a total of 24, ranking seventh on the current list. The top 14 fillies on the Oaks leaderboard automatically get a position in the starting gate on May 1.