ARCADIA, Calif.—Although she took and awkward stutter-step leaving the gate And Tell Me Nolies settled comfortably while mid-pack in the early stages of Saturday’s Grade II, $200,000 Chandelier Stakes at Santa Anita and rallied impressively under Ramon Vazquez to easily run down both Ice Dancing and Home Cooking turning for home en route to a comfortable three quarter length win.
Trained by Peter Miller and based at San Luis Rey Downs, the 2-year-old daughter of Arrogate, who was trying two turns for the first time along with six rival juvenile fillies, got a mile and one sixteenth in 1:46.15.
A Breeders’ Cup “Win & You’re In” Challenge Race qualifier, the Chandelier winner thus earns a fees-paid berth into the $2 million Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies Nov. 4 at Keeneland.
A 6 ½ furlong maiden winner in her second start Aug. 14 at Del Mar, And Tell Me Nolies came off an upset win in the Grade I Del Mar Debutante Sept.
Owned by Peter Redekop B.C., Ltd, And Tell Me Nolies, who is out of the Exchange Rate mare Be Fair, has now won three in-a-row, all with Vazquez aboard, who posted his second win on today’s card. With the winner’s share of $120,000 And Tell Me Nolies increased her earnings to $352,800.
Off at 24-1 with Juan Hernandez up, Uncontrollable rallied well for the place and paid $14.60 and $5.00 while finishing 4 ¾ lengths in front of the well-fancied Justique.
An impressive first-out maiden winner on July 31, Justique was heavily favored at 6-5 with Victor Espinoza but never threatened from last and returned $2.60 to show.
Fractions on the race were 22.85, 46.71, 1:11.45 and 1:39.00.
Grade II, $200,000 Chandelier Stakes Quotes
Ramon Vazquez, And Tell Me Nolies, Winner: “She stumbled very badly at the break. She did the same thing in the Debutante. We settled in, she knows not to move too early. She got a little tired late, but she knows what to do. She is getting better and better after every race. She can handle the distance. I think she is going to be a superstar later.”
Peter Miller, And Tell Me Nolies, Winner: “She stumbled pretty good leaving (the gate) and I wasn’t too thrilled with that, but Ramon didn’t panic. He let her get up and get into her stride and that was the key.
“She can get in a foul mood, and you have to be careful, but I’d say about 90 percent of the time she’s great and she’s just got a heart of gold. I just want to thank Mr. Redekop for giving me the opportunity to train her. It’s very exciting to have a filly that wants to run long like this so hopefully we get to the Breeders’ Cup, and I’m just thrilled with the way she ran today.”
Santa Anita Press Release
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