ARCADIA, Calif. (Feb. 14, 2021)–In her first stateside start, Irish-bred Going Global unleashed a furious stretch rally to take Sunday’s Grade III, $100,000 Sweet Life Stakes at Santa Anita by a widening half length under Flavien Prat. Trained by Phil D’Amato, Going Global, who had been idle since Nov. 11 in her native Ireland, got six furlongs on turf in 1:07.68.
Unhurried but in contention while about 6 ½ lengths off the lead at the half mile pole, Going Global, in an eye-catching move, was able to save ground while full of run at the rail around the far turn, shifted into the four-path a furlong out and blew by front-running Five Pics Please in the shadow of the wire in a most impressive effort.
“I watched her last race and you could see she could run,” said Prat. “Phil talked to me this morning and said they really liked her. She’s a little tough, likes to do things her way, but she was very professional.”
Purchased for $16,900 at public auction as a yearling, Going Global, who registered a 1 ¼ length win versus 13 rivals that included males on Nov. 11, had a steady series of drills on Santa Anita’s inner dirt training track and paid $19.80, $9.60 and $6.60 while off at 8-1 in a field of 12 sophomore fillies.
“We were trying to point for an allowance race for the last couple weeks and it didn’t come,” said D’Amato, who registered his sixth stake win of the meet. “It was one of those things. She trained well enough to where I thought she merited a chance in here. So, either run or wait a while until the allowance goes. Luckily, we were able to get Flavien here and a beautiful trip.
“I think the sky is the limit for this filly. Flavien hinted that she could definitely use some more ground, so we’ll definitely look at the two turn stakes schedule here and go from there.”
Owned by Saul Gevertz, Michael Nentwig and Ray Pagano, Going Global, a filly by Mehmas out of the Invasor mare Wrood, now has two wins from five overall starts. With the winner’s share of $60,000, she increased her earnings to $68,792.
Ridden by Tyler Baze, Five Pics Please set fractions of 21.65, 44.16 and 55.85 and held second by three quarters of a length over Nimbostratus. Off at 9-1, Five Pics Please paid $10.40 and $7.00.
French-bred Nimbostratus, with Joel Rosario up, paid $5.40 to show and finished 2 ½ lengths in front of 9-5 favorite Majestic Steps, who had no apparent excuses.
Note: Prat also went on to win Sunday’s eighth race, giving him three on the day and 26 for the meet, one win back of leading man Umberto Rispoli with one race remaining.
Santa Anita Press Release
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