Del Mar, CA (November 17, 2019-A solidly supported second choice at 3-1, Queen Bee to You surged to the lead turning into the stretch and went on to score an impressive triumph in the featured $100,000 Betty Grable Stakes Sunday at Del Mar.
With jockey Flavien Prat in the saddle for his second victory of the afternoon, Queen Bee to You won by four and one-half lengths in 1:22.90 for the seven furlongs.
Shoe It N Moe It closed to be runner-up, three and one-quarter lengths in advance of the 3-5 favorite, Mo See Cal, who faded in the stretch. Fourth in the field of six older California-bred fillies and mares was Creative Instinct. Love a Honeybadger was scratched.
Queen Bee to You, owned by Christopher St. Hilaire and Adam Vali of Newport Beach, Ca., and trained by Andrew Lerner, recorded her sixth win in 31 starts. The five-year-old daughter of Old Topper was claimed for $50,000 December 1, 2016 from a maiden claiming race at Del Mar. First money of $60,000 pushed her career earnings to $481,770.
The winner returned $8, $4.80 and $2.60. Second-place Show It N Moe It paid $7.80 and $3.20, while Mo See Cal paid $2.10 to show.
Queen Bee to You provided Prat with his third consecutive success in the Betty Grable. He won with Majestic Heat in 2017 and Spiced Perfection a year ago. He also won Sunday’s sixth race on Madame Bourbon at $4.