Courtesy of ctba.com DEL MAR, CA (Nov. 6, 2020) – Rider Ricardo (“Ricky”) Gonzalez swung wide in the lane, then was able to urge his filly September Secret on to a last-jump head victory Saturday in capturing the $150,000 Golden State Juvenile Fillies Stakes at Del Mar in a tight finish on Friday.
There was a four-horse spread at the wire with Dylans Wild Cat (Ministers Wild Cat) second and just a nose in front of Eddie’s New Dream, who in turn had a nose on favorite Governor Goteven.
The winner, a gray daughter of the prolific California stallion Grazen, was bred by Jennifer Saavedra. She ran seven furlongs in 1:25.56 giving owners Tom Kagele and Ken Shaw an $85,500 reward as their portion of the $150,000 purse in the dash for 2-year-old state-bred fillies. It was the September Secret’s third win in six starts.
The stakes tally was the first ever at Del Mar for Gonzalez, but the 36th for trainer Peter Miller, who watched the race from Keeneland in Kentucky while he’s there for the Breeders’ Cup. Saturday he’ll saddle owner Kagele’s C Z Rocket in the $2 million Breeders’ Cup Sprint.
“Once I quit cussing him (jockey Ricardo Gonzalez), I started cheering him even though I didn’t know if he was going to get there,” said Miller. “It was a roller coaster of emotion. She was much the best and he had a ton of horse but had trouble getting her out in the clear. Absolutely, it’s good to start the weekend with a stakes win. It’s the same owner (Tom Kagele) as C Z Rocket (entered in Saturday’s $2 million Breeders’ Cup Sprint), so maybe it’s a good omen.”
September Secret paid $28.60, $12.40 and $6.60 across the board. Dylans Wild Cat, owned by Sunnyside Capital Ventures, returned $14.00 and $7.20. And Eddie’s New Dream, who runs in the silks of Reddam Racing, paid $3.40.