DEL MAR, Calif. – Providing jockey Flavien Prat with his second victory on the day of the 2021 Breeders’ Cup Championships, Irish-bred Going Global outfinished Zofelle to win the $300,000 Goldikova Stakes Saturday at Del Mar.
Going Global, second choice at 5-2 among a field of eight older fillies and mares, triumphed by a length and one-half in 1:34.53 for the flat mile over the infield Jimmy Durante Turf Course. Zofelle was a half-length in front of the even-money favored Princess Grace who set the pace into the stretch before tiring.
“I loved the position all the way around. And when Flavien (Prat) swung her outside in the stretch she really hit a great stride. This is a big step up, going against older fillies and mares, and she handled it beautifully,” remarked D’Amato.
Going Global, a daughter of Mehmas trained Phil D’Amato, returned $7.60, $4.20 and $2.60 after her seventh win in eleven efforts. First money was $180,000. Runner-up Zofelle paid $5.40 and $3, while Princess Grace returned $2.20 to show.
“We were running well all the way. She was comfortable. When I took her out she showed me a good turn of foot. When she finished, she still had something in the tank,” said Prat.
Prat also won the afternoon’s first race, Dicey Mo Chara paying $10.20.
The stakes win is the first of the meet for both rider Prat and trainer D’Amato. D’Amato now has 33 Del Mar stakes wins while Prat now has 73 stakes wins at Del Mar, tied for 10th most in track history.
Del Mar Press Release
Photo: Going Global (Benoit Photos)