Stretch Burst Propels Beau Recall To Royal Heroine Victory

Last at the furlong pole, Irish-bred Beau Recall unleashed a furious stretch run under Joel Rosario to win the Grade 2 Royal Heroine at Santa Anita by three-quarters of a length for her first career stakes victory. Owned by Slam Dunk Racing or Medallion Racing and trained by Simon Callaghan, the 4-year-old filly by Sir Prancealot covered one mile on firm turf in 1:34.52. She paid $10.80.

Thundering Sky finished second, with Madame Stripes third and Enola Gray, the 2-1 favorite, fourth in a field of nine fillies and mares.

Multiple stakes winner Enola Gray was expected to be the speed in the Royal Heroine, but she broke slowly under Tyler Baze, then was caught four wide into the first turn as Madame Stripes and Mongolian Shopper vied for the lead. Enola Gray came up three wide to engage the top pair as they went through fractions of :24.12, :47.39 and 1:11.02 for the opening six furlongs. Mongolian Shopper yielded on the final turn, leaving Enola Gray and Madame Stripes to battle it out, and they were soon joined by Thundering Sky, who was placed just behind the early leaders and found a seam on the inside.

Beau Recall was content to trail throughout, with Rosario swinging her to the far outside at the head of the lane. She still trailed at the furlong pole, seven furlongs clocked in 1:22.88, then flew home the final furlong under an aggressive hand ride and one crack of the whip from Rosario.

“She ran the way she wanted to and really had a tremendous finish,” said Rosario. “I was waiting for her because I wanted her to really follow the speed. By the three-eighths pole I tapped her a little, worked her up a bit and that’s when she just took off really well.”

Beau Recall has lost some close decisions since coming to the U.S. following her 2-year-old season in 2016. After winning an allowance race in January 2017, Beau Recall finished second in three consecutive stakes, including a neck defeat in the G2 Honeymoon. Callaghan sent her East for the G1 Belmont Oaks Invitational, but she could do no better than sixth. Returned to California, Beau Recall lost to Dream Dancing by a nose in the G1 Del Mar Oaks, then finished off the board in her subsequent three starts, including a fourth in the G3 Las Cienegas in January in her most recent start.

“I was worried when they went pretty slow in front,” said Callaghan. “We were hoping for some hot fractions, but she’s just got such a turn of foot and a real big heart. She’s small in physique, but she’s such a tough filly. She deserved it. She had been running so many good races and just coming up short. She really deserved it today.”


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