Mo Knows, Gonzalez Win Del Mar Feature
Mo Knows, a Kentucky-bred daughter of the successful stallion Uncle Mo, rallied strongly in the stretch to win Del Mar’s feature race Thursday, a mile and one-sixteenth race on the infield turf course for three-year-old fillies.
Providing trainer Wesley Ward and trainer Santiago Gonzalez with their second successful collaboration of the afternoon, Mo Knows scored by a convincing length and one-half over longshot Lunar Express with 5-2 favored How Unusual a fast-closing third in the field of nine fillies. Nine Point Nine, who set the pace into the early stretch, faded to fourth.
Mo Knows, owned by Welker and Spellman, ran the distance in 1:41.73 and returned $15.20, $8.80 and $6.40. Lunar Express paid $10.60 and $7.20, while How Unusual returned $3.40 to show.
Ward and Gonzalez combined talents in the fifth race, a five-furlong sprint on the grass, to win with Lamontagne, who returned $6 after defeating Longstocking and favored Big Move in a time of 56.94.
Highly-regarded three-year-old Arrogate, owned by Juddmonte Farms and trained by Bob Baffert, scored his third win in four career starts as he easily won Thursday’s second race under jockey Rafael Bejarano. Arrogate, a son of Unbridled’s Song purchased for $560,000 as a yearling at Keeneland, ran the mile and one-sixteenth in 1:41.76 in scoring by a length and three-quarters.
There were four perfect tickets in Thursday’s Pick Six and each was worth $80,469. Total Pool was $437,340 counting $53,666 in a carryover from Wednesday and $383,683 wagered in the pool Thursday.
Thursday’s attendance was 7,412.