Bellstreet Bridie © Benoit Photo
Red Baron’s Barn and Rancho Temescal’s Bellstreet Bridie “came off the plane running” Thursday at Del Mar, laying up close early, then firing through the lane in the 11-furlong, $151,500 Red Carpet Stakes, the featured attraction on the Thanksgiving Day card.
The 3-year-old filly by the British sire Sir Percy had just shipped in from England earlier this week after a 12-race career in her native land. She ran today’s marathon distance in 2:15.67 and finished four and a quarter lengths best under jockey Flavien Prat. Her U.S. trainer is Mark Glatt.
Finishing second in the Grade III headliner was Quattroelle, also owned by the Red Baron/Rancho Temescal connections. Running third was Featherston, Gold or Maslowski, et al’s Queen Ofthe Temple.
Bellestreet Bridie picked up a check for $90,000 for her efforts and pushed her earnings mark to $135,316. The victory was her fourth in 13 starts.
Bellestrreet Bridie paid $10.00, $5.20 and $3.80 across the board. Quattroelle returned $4.40 and $3.40 and Queen Ofthe Temple paid $7.40 to show.
Racing resumes at Del Mar Friday with first post scheduled for 12:30 p.m.
FLAVIEN PRAT (Bellstreet Bridie, winner) – “I didn’t know much about her; it’s my understanding she’s only been here (from Europe) for a few days. Mark (trainer Glatt) didn’t know much either, so we were even. She jumped (broke) well and that made me happy; I was able to put her in the race. Sometimes with the European horses they don’t come away from there too well. But she was running all the way and then when it was time she finished up strong.”
MARK GLATT (Bellstreet Bridie, winner) – “They did a terrific job with her overseas after we purchased her, keeping her fit, keeping her ready for this race. Really, all my job to do was to keep her happy and as strong as we could after a long ship like that. I’m just pleased to get that kind of start with her after spending a good amount of money on her. We got her Grade III placed now.”
FRACTIONS: :24.81 :49.81 1:15.03 1:39.64 2:03.83 2:15.67
The stakes win was the first of the meet for rider Prat and his first in the Red Carpet. He now has 81 stakes wins at Del Mar, 10th best all time among jockeys.
The stakes win was the first of the meet for trainer Glatt and his first in the Red Carpet. He now has 13 stakes wins at Del Mar.
The winning owners are Jed and Tim Cohen who race under the course names Red Baron’s Barn and Rancho Temescal. Jed lives in Los Angeles and Tim in Del Mar.