Brody’s Cause Filly Kalypso Proves Best As Santa Ynez Favorite

In a performance befitting her short odds, Bob Baffert’s Kalypso showed good early speed and took command turning for home en route to a facile 1 ¾-length victory in Sunday’s Grade 2, $200,000 Santa Ynez Stakes at Santa Anita in Arcadia, Calif.  Ridden for the first time by Joel Rosario, Kalypso got seven furlongs in 1:23.42 and provided Baffert with his record sixth win in the Santa Ynez, an early prep for both the Grade 2 Santa Anita Oaks and the Grade 1 Kentucky Oaks.

Breaking from the far outside in a field of six sophomore fillies, Kalypso – from the first crop by Spendthrift Farm stallion Brody’s Cause – enjoyed an early neck advantage on longshot Brilliant Cut, who broke from the rail.  Heading up the backside, these two were head and head with Kalypso obviously well within herself.  Turning for home, Kalypso asserted her dominance and she went on to a most impressive win as much the best.

“She broke good and put me right into the race, in a good position,” said Rosario, who notched his third stakes win through five days of racing.  “I’m just happy to be on her.  She was the best horse and she’ll be better going longer distances.”

Most recently a close second going a mile and one sixteenth in the G1 Starlet at Los Alamitos Dec. 5, Kalypso was off as the 4-5 favorite and paid $3.80, $2.80 and $2.20.

“She has natural speed and she’s a really fast filly,” said Baffert, who scratched morning line favorite Varda earlier but still ran three fillies.  “She had the lead for a long time in the (Starlet), backing up it’s a big difference to go seven eighths.  The way she broke today, she was in a good spot and she was really training well coming into this race…

“I would try her long again, as they get older, they are maturing.  You can slow her down a little bit, like today she was pretty relaxed.  She wasn’t too rank where she went real fast but we’ll just see how (she) comes out of it.”

Owned by David A. Bernsen, LLC, Rockingham Ranch and Chad Littlefield, Kalyspo picks up 10 qualifying points to the Kentucky Oaks on April 30 and with her first graded stakes win, is now 5-2-2-1.  With the winner’s share of $120,000, she increased her earnings to $245,600.

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Ridden by Mike Smith, Frosteria rallied four-wide from well off the pace to outrun Brilliant Cut by 1 ½ lengths.  The second choice at 7-2, Frosteria, a Godolphin homebred also trained by Baffert, paid $3.60 and $2.80.

Off at 30-1 with Ricky Gonzalez, the Doug O’Neill-trained Brilliant Cut finished 3 ½ lengths clear of Queengol and paid $5.80 to show.

Runner-up Frosteria picked up four Kentucky Oaks qualifying points, while Brilliant Cut got two and Queengol, one.

Baffert, who won last year’s Santa Ynez with Bast, entered today’s proceedings tied with D. Wayne Lukas with five lifetime wins in the race, which was run for the 70th time today.

Fractions on the race were 22.53, 45.13 and 1:10.18.

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