Elysea’s World Powers Home To Win Santa Ana As Favorite

Unhurried while next to last a quarter mile out, Drayden Van Dyke stepped on the gas turning for home en route to an impressive half length win aboard favored Elysea’s World in Saturday’s Grade III, $100,000 Santa Ana Stakes at Santa Anita in Arcadia, Calif.  Trained by Richard Baltas, the 6-year-old Irish-bred mare got a mile and one quarter on turf in 1:59.24.

“This filly settled for me very nicely,” said Van Dyke. “This is the first time I rode her, but I could tell she is a very classy filly.  We had a very nice pace to chase, so I was biding my time before I asked her to run.  This race set up for us perfect on paper for me.  She did the rest when we turned for home.”

Most recently sixth in the Grade II, one mile turf Buena Vista Stakes on Feb. 23, Elysea’s World, in her second start for Baltas, was off as the 2-1 favorite in a field of seven older fillies and mares and paid $6.20, $3.60 and $3.00.

Owned by Abbondanza Racing, LLC, Christopher Dunn and Jerry McClanahan, Elysea’s World, who had made 21 out of her first 22 starts for eastern-based conditioner Chad Brown, registered her third graded stakes win today and with the winner’s share of $60,000, increased her earnings to $626,573.  Headquartered currently at San Luis Rey Downs Training Center, Elysea’s World is now 24-7-5-3 overall.

The second choice at 5-2, Irish-bred Zaffinah rallied from off the pace to take a half length advantage a sixteenth out, but couldn’t hold off the winner.  Ridden by Rafael Bejarano, Zaffinah finished a half length in front of Lynne’s Legacy and paid $3.60 and $2.80.

Ridden by Alonso Quinonez, Lynne’s Legacy was off at 18-1 and paid $4.80 to show.

Fractions on the race were 23.96, 47.01, 1:10.85 and 1:34.95.

“The first effort was superb, that being said she was kind of nervous here,” said Baltas.  “I was fortunate to have a very good crew at San Luis Rey Downs, I give the credit to my assistant Ruben Losa and the gallop boy; they did a great job with her – it’s quieter there. She’s been training well so you never know when you get a horse from another trainer if they are going to step it up again, but at least she’s on the right track now.”

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