Radical Right, Vergara register maiden victories Sunday at Laurel; update on Md. Mill champs

October 25, 2021

Upset Classic Winner Prendimi Getting Well-Earned Rest; Hello Beautiful ‘Awesome’ Following Historic Maryland Million Win

LAUREL, Md. – Richard Schultz’s Radical Right, a 2-year-old homebred gelding by multiple Grade 1 winner First Samurai, reeled in pacesetter He Gone in deep stretch and edged clear for a half-length victory in Race 3 Sunday at Laurel Park.

The 5 ½-furlong maiden special weight for juveniles marked the first win for Radical Right ($4.60), the 6-5 favorite who had run second or third in his first three starts including Aug. 21 to highly regarded H P Moon at historic Pimlico Race Course. Sunday’s winning time was 1:02.63 over a firm All Along turf course.

Gary Broad’s 2-year-old Vergara ($9), a $130,000 daughter of three-time Group 1 winner Noble Mission making her second career start, rolled past Coffee Bean once straightened for home and went on to graduate impressively in Race 7, a 1 1/8-mile maiden special weight for juvenile fillies. The winning time over a firm Dahlia turf course was 1:50.39.

Upset Classic Winner Prendimi Getting Well-Earned Rest

G. J. Stable’s Prendimi emerged from his upset victory in the $150,000 Maryland Million Classic in good order and will be headed south next month to begin his annual winter vacation.

Trainer Luis Carvajal Jr. said the New Jersery-bred 6-year-old Dance With Ravens gelding returned to their base at Monmouth Park following the Classic and was bright and energetic Sunday morning.

“He’s good. I do play around with Twitter a little bit and I did tweet a picture of him this morning. He was very awake and I like the way he came out of the race,” Carvajal said. “First of all, he ate everything, of course. When they put him on the scale yesterday, he weighed like 1240 pounds. He’s a good eater. He got here late last night and then we waited a couple hours and we fed him and he cleaned the feed tub after that, so that’s a good sign.”


The 1 1/8-mile Classic was the richest of four career stakes wins for Prendimi and first away from Monmouth Park. He led from start to finish under jockey Mychel Sanchez and was tested every step of the way, including a protracted stretch duel with favored Tappin Cat, prevailing by a neck.

“You can see that when he wants to run, he’s a fighter. Sometimes he has his lazy days and if he doesn’t want to try, he just doesn’t try,” Carvajal said. “On the morning of the race, I thought about the horse and I thought he had a good chance. Once they open the gate, plans go out the window but he did everything right and the jockey did a great job. Mychel rode him so good and he looked so energetic down the lane. It’s good to see.”

It was the third straight trip to the Classic for Prendimi, who ran second in 2019 and seventh in 2020. He got the rest of the year off each time before returning the following season, and Carvajal said he will continue that blueprint this year.

“That’s the plan. As long as the horse is happy and healthy, there’s always the next time,” he said. “Home for me is Florida. That’s where I have my wife and kids and home. Plans are already made to go back to Florida. He’ll get a little bit of rest and probably run a few times there. Tampa Bay Downs is good and usually horses do good when they come back here.”

Carvajal, who galloped Prendimi’s dam, Cigno d’Oro, won his first career graded-stake at Laurel with Imperial Hint in the 2017 General George (G3) off a victory in Laurel’s Fire Plug the month prior. Imperial Hint would go on to four Grade 1 victories and earn more than $2.2 million in purses.

“If I had a few more horses, I probably would have left something up. I have such a good luck over there at Laurel,” he said. “Laurel has been good to me. It’s probably just a matter of time [until] I keep some horses there, too.”

Hello Beautiful ‘Awesome’ Following Historic Maryland Million Win

Madaket Stables, Albert Frassetto, Mark Parkinson, K-Mac Stables and Magic City Stables’ Hello Beautiful was doing “awesome” on Sunday following her history-making victory in the $100,000 Maryland Million Distaff at Laurel Park.

The 4-year-old filly dispatched her six rivals by 3 ½ lengths to become just the seventh horse to win three Maryland Million races since its inception in 1986, joining Ben’s Cat, Countus In, Docent, Eighttofasttocatch, Mz. Zill Bear and Hall of Fame mare Safely Kept.

“She looks awesome this morning,” trainer Brittany Russell said. “[She’s] pleased with herself.

“She’s been good to us. She kind of has this cocky attitude about her,” she added. “When you walk into the barn, she doesn’t greet you. You walk in that first stall, her bum’s getting you at the door. She has an air about her. She’s very straightforward to train, knock on wood.”

Hello Beautiful won the 2019 Lassie as a 2-year-old and 2020 Distaff among her eight career stakes wins. She didn’t break sharply in Saturday’s race but quickly inherited the lead and was left alone up front despite the presence of speedy eight-time stakes winner Street Lute, who figured to pose an early challenge.

“It sort of the same thing it always is. I feel like there’s speed in the race and she’s the fastest horse. If they want to go with her, go with her,” Russell said. “It’s not like she jumped out of there and had the lead from the first jump. She ran a little faster probably that first part and they sat off of her.”

It was fellow stakes winner Malibu Beauty who stayed closest to Hello Beautiful, getting to within 1 ½ lengths after a half-mile, before the 1-5 favorite steadily gained separation on the field and pulled away through the lane as Street Lute mounted her bid, only to get nosed at the wire for second by Malibu Beauty.

Street Lute’s former Jerry Robb-trained stablemate, 11-time stakes winner Anna’s Bandit who was retired in August, was honored between races prior to the Distaff, which she won in 2019, adding to the significance of Hello Beautiful’s subsequent victory.

“This is special. There’s been a lot of good fillies. You saw Anna’s Bandit walk over here [yesterday]. Hello Beautiful, she’s won three Maryland Millions, she’s won open races. It’s that graded race that’s missing on her resume,” Russell said. “Unfortunately, she probably won’t be able to get it because of the Lasix situation, but that’s OK. She keeps doing her thing and we’re having fun with her.”

All graded-stakes in Maryland are contested without Lasix. Riding a three-race win streak, Hello Beautiful ran fifth in the Runhappy Barbara Fritchie (G3) Feb. 20 at Laurel in her most recent graded attempt. 

“It’s disappointing, I think, more because she’s a filly that has the ability to do it. You see her numbers and you see how she runs,” Russell said. “Maybe her 3-year-old year wasn’t the year to try it. She didn’t have luck with shipping and all those things, but I think now, as a mature horse, you wish you had the chance.

“Maybe if she runs as a 5-year-old next year knowing that she’d be retired as a 6-year-old  [we’d try again],” she added. “I’m not saying it’s completely out of the question but at this stage to keep her where she is and keep her healthy and do the right thing by her, it sort of all makes sense.”

A decision has yet to be made whether Hello Beautiful returns to race in 2022. There are two upcoming spots for her in Maryland this year, the $75,000 Politely for Maryland-bred/sired horses Nov. 26 and $100,000 Willa On the Move Dec. 26, both for fillies and mares 3 and up sprinting six furlongs.

“I don’t know when we’re going to come to that decision. We have time. There’s still two potential spots this year,” Russell said. “It just depends on how things shake out. If she keeps winning, I think they’d probably rather keep her racing, but that’s just me. You have a horse who’s winning, and winning stakes, she can be a broodmare next year. If she stubs her toe by the end of the year, maybe we make a different decision but if she stays healthy…” 

Notes: Jockey Jorge Ruiz notched back-to-back wins Sunday aboard Radical Right ($4.60) in Race 3 and Nicolar ($16) in Race 4 … Post time moves to 12:25 p.m. when live racing returns to Laurel Park with a nine-race program Thursday, Oct. 28.

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Edited Press Release

Photo: Vergara in her maiden win at Laurel Park.

All photos by Maryland Jockey Club

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