LOVINGIER HOMEBRED ROSES FOR LAURA TAKES SEASON’S FIRST “BABY” RACE AS SHE WINS BY THREE LENGTHS UNDER PAYERAS
ARCADIA, Calif. (May 10, 2019)—In the first 2-year-old race of the year at Santa Anita, Terry Lovingier’s homebred Roses for Laura registered an impressed three-length victory, as she got 4 ½ furlongs under Edgar Payeras in 54.18. Trained by Gary Sherlock, Roses for Laura is one of 25 juveniles owned in-part and bred by Lovingier currently on the grounds here at Santa Anita.
Breaking from the rail, Roses for Laura, who is by Time to Get Even, sat a close third while full of run in behind dueling leaders Vegan and Cheap Cheap Cheap. Turning for home, Roses for Laura hugged the fence, took command a furlong out and drew clear late in impressive fashion.
“We liked her from birth,” said Lovingier, who operates Lovacres Ranch in Warner Springs, which is located in northern San Diego County. “She’s out of real productive mare and she’s got an older (full) sister, Time for Angie, that made $300,000 ($334,830).”
Off at 7-2 in a field of six California-bred or sired juvenile fillies, Roses for Laura, who is out of the Gold Case mare Amorous Angie, paid $9.80, $3.80 and $2.80.
Owned by Lovingier, Sally and Tom London and Eugene Zondlo, Roses for Laura banked $39,000 for her efforts.
“She had a lotta training, I’ll put it that way,” said Sherlock. “She ran like she’d trained and Edgar rode her perfect. He rode her like she was the best horse because he’s worked her every time.”
Trained by Doug O’Neill and the 4-5 favorite with Mario Gutierrez up, Vegan prevailed by a nose over stablemate Cheap Cheap Cheap and paid $2.60 and $2.10.
With Martin Garcia up, Cheap Cheap Cheap, who was off at 5-1, paid $2.60 to show while finishing 4 ¼ lengths clear of A Dream Is a Wish.
Fractions on the race were 22.99 and 47.80