D’Amato’s Ain’t Easy rolls to 4 ¾ length score in Grade II, $200,000 Chandelier Stakes

October 2, 2021

Race is a Breeders’ Cup “Win & You’re In” qualifier to BC Juvenile Fillies

ARCADIA, Calif. –With favored Grace Adler in deep water around the far turn, trainer Phil D’Amato’s Ain’t Easy was running comfortably on the lead and was never threatened en route to a 4 ¾ length score in the Grade II, $200,000 Chandelier Stakes.  Ridden by Joel Rosario, Ain’t Easy got a mile and one sixteenth in 1:45.20.

A Breeders’ Cup “Win & You’re In” Challenge Race qualifier, Ain’t Easy will get a fees-paid berth into the Grade I Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies on Nov. 5 at Del Mar.

Breaking sharply from post position two, Ain’t Easy was a bit keen around the Club House turn as she tucked in a close third behind pacesetter Electric Ride, who she overtook by a half length at the three furlong marker.  Leading by about four lengths at the three sixteenths pole, Ain’t Easy won geared down in a most impressive effort.

A first out maiden winner going 5 ½ furlongs with Rosario Aug. 21 at Del Mar, Ain’t Easy, a daughter of Into Mischief, was off 7-2 and paid $9.00, $4.00 and $3.20.

Owned by Old Bones Racing Stable, LLC, Michael Lombardi and Joey Platts, Ain’t Easy, who is out of the Australian-bred mare Ameristralia, picked up $120,000 for the win and now has earnings of $162,000.

Electric Ride, off at 6-1 with Joe Bravo, finished 2 ¼ lengths in front of Desert Dawn and paid $7.00 and $4.80.

Off at 31-1 with Ricky Gonzalez, Desert Dawn paid $7.60 to show.

Grace Adler, off at 4-5, finished a well beaten fifth.

Fractions on the race were 23.56, 47.99, 1:12.16 and 1:37.98.

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Photo: Ain’t Easy, (Benoit)

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