ARCADIA, Calif. (Jan. 15, 2022)–Fresh and dangerous, William Sims’ homebred Leggs Galore burst out of the gate and never looked back in taking Saturday’s $150,000 Sunshine Millions Filly & Mare Turf Sprint Presented by John Deere by 2 ¼ lengths under Ricky Gonzalez. Trained by Phil D’Amato, the 5-year-old mare by 2014 Breeders’ Cup Classic winner Bayern got about 6 ½ furlongs down Santa Anita’s hillside turf course in 1:12.99.
Idle since running fourth in the one mile turf Solana Beach Stakes versus statebreds at Del Mar Aug. 15, Leggs Galore was plenty ready today, rattling off splits of 22.27, 44.66 and 1:06.86 while never challenged at any point.
“She saddled great, she was fresh and happy,” said D’Amato. “She just needed a little rest and recuperation after a long year last year. She has come back great. I think she is a double threat, I think she can (get a) mile just as easily as she can sprint on the grass. We will check our options, but down the road we want to see if we can get a graded stake win and make her a broodmare at the end of the year.”
The defending champ in the race and a three-time turf stakes winner coming into Saturday, Leggs Galore was off as the 5-2 second choice in a field of 12 older fillies and mares bred or sired in California and she paid $7.20, $5.20 and $4.60.
Out of the Indian Charlie mare Cashing Tickets, Leggs Galore notched her fourth stakes win and seventh overall win from 12 career starts. With the winner’s share of $90,000, she increased her earnings to $440,208.
“I was a little worried about crossing the dirt (at the top of the lane) because she has a tendency of jumping in the other chute (off of Santa Anita’s Club House turn), but she took it like the champ she is. She just skipped right over it and kicked for home really good.”
D’Amato ran one-two, as his Alice Marble, who was close to the pace throughout, was easily second finishing 2 ½ lengths in front of Eddie’s New Dream. Off at 9-1 with Flavien Prat, Alice Marble paid $9.40 and $6.60.
Eddie’s New Dream, who was also attentive to the pace, finished a head better than favored Warren’s Showtime and paid $6.60 to show with Mario Gutierrez up.
Warren’s Showtime, whose customary late bid fell short today, was off at 5-2 with Juan Hernandez and was beaten by less than four lengths.
Carded as race eight, the Sunshine Millions Filly & Mare Turf Sprint Presented by John Deere was the third of five stakes for California-bred or sired horses on a 10-race Cal Cup program.
Santa Anita Press Release
Photo: Leggs Galore (Benoit Photo)