Old Topper’s Becca Taylor Remains Unbeaten

Courtesy of Santa Anita Arcadia, CA (Feb. 21, 2022) – Nick Alexander’s homebred Becca Taylor ran her unbeaten streak to six races in Monday’s $100,000 Spring Fever Stakes at Santa Anita, as she overhauled determined longshot Omg It’s Jessica to prevail by 1 ¼ lengths. Trained by Steve Miyadi and ridden by Flavien Prat, the 4-year-old California-bred daughter of Old Topper got six furlongs in 1:10.86.

Sponsored by the CTBA, the Spring Fever is part of the lucrative Golden State Series for eligible California-bred or sired runners.

Breaking sharply from the outside in a field of five older fillies and mares, Becca Taylor was immediately engaged by Omg It’s Jessica, who held a half length advantage heading to the far turn, but “Becca” got on terms straightening for home and gained the advantage a furlong out.

Fresh off a 5 ½ furlong allowance score on synthetic Tapeta at Golden Gate Fields Jan. 29, Becca Taylor, who took Santa Anita’s Evening Jewel Stakes two starts back on April 3, 2021, was the prohibitive 1-5 favorite and paid $2.40, $2.10 and $2.10.

Out of Alexander’s General Meeting mare Lady Sax, Becca Taylor now has two stakes wins and with today’s winner’s share of $60,000, increased her earnings to $274,980.