BAFFERT’S KALYPSO MUCH THE BEST IN $75,000 ANOAKIA STAKES AS SHE WINS BY 2 ¼ LENGTHS; RIDDEN BY CEDILLO, SHE GETS SIX FURLONGS IN 1:10.30
ARCADIA, Calif. (Oct. 18, 2020)–Winless in a pair of maiden sprints this past summer at Del Mar, Bob Baffert’s Kalypso broke sharply from the rail and never looked back in Sunday’s $75,000 Anoakia Stakes at Santa Anita, winning by 2 ¼ lengths while never threatened. Ridden for the first time by Abel Cedillo, the Kentucky-bred filly by Brody’s Cause got six furlongs in 1:10.30.
“She’s the best Brody’s Cause I’ve ever had,” proclaimed Baffert, who of course has never had another horse by the son of Giant’s Causeway. “We’ve been wanting to run her long, but we couldn’t get a race to go. She got sick after Del Mar, so we took our time with her. She’s been training well and she’s changed a lot. We’ll stretch her out next time.”
A close second as the favorite going 5 ½ furlongs on Sept. 5, Kalypso was off at 9-2 in a field of five freshman fillies and paid $11.60, $4.60 and $2.80.
Owned by Rockingham Ranch and David Bernsen, LLC, Kalypso was purchased for $240,000 as a yearling. Out of the Malibu Moon mare Malibu Cove, she picked up $46,500 for the win, running her bankroll to $64,100.
“When you ride for Bob, he just says ‘Break well and play the break.’ I knew she had speed, so she broke really sharp and I just took that. She finished really strong and she galloped out really strong too. I think she did it pretty well.”
Third heading into the far turn, John Sadler’s Queengol was second best while never threatening the winner. Off as the 6-5 favorite with Flavien Prat, she paid $2.80 and $2.20.
Baffert’s Illumination, second into the far turn, finished a half length behind Queengol at 6-1 and paid $2.80 to show with Umberto Rispoli up.
Fractions on the race were 22.17, 45.14 and 57.35.
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