Spiced Perfection Upset Winner of Generous Portion Stakes
Spiced Perfection © Benoit Photo
Dare to Dream Stable’s Spiced Perfection, unraced since breaking her maiden on opening day, July 19, of Del Mar’s summer season, wore down odds-on favored Show It N Moe It in the upper stretch and then held off the challenge of Family Girl to score an upset victory in Wednesday’s $100,000 Generous Portion Stakes for California-bred two-year-old fillies.
With Joe Talamo in the saddle, Spiced Perfection won by two lengths in 1:11.38 for the six furlongs. Family Girl, piloted by Kent Desormeaux, was six and one-quarter lengths ahead of 1-2 favored Show It N Moe It, the winner of the C.T.B.A. Stakes this summer. Withdrawn from the race were Hold That Smile, Sharona Sunset, One Fast Broad, Clean Living and It’s About Alex.
Spiced Perfection, a daughter of Smiling Tiger trained by Brian Koriner, went to the gate at 7-1 and paid $17.20, $5.80 and $3 while earning first money of $57,000. Family Girl returned $4.80 and $2.20, and Show It N Moe It paid $2.10 to show.
There were no perfect tickets in Wednesday’s Pick Six, so Thursday’s carryover will be $47,730. The single ticket Jackpot carryover is $10,228. Post time for the first of eight races is 2 p.m.
JOE TALAMO (Spiced Perfection, winner) – “From the half-mile pole home, I was smiling. The way she’s been getting over this track in the morning is just amazing. As good as any horse here. She ran today like she’s been working – relaxed, then finishing with a flourish. She was a winner today.”
KENT DESORMEAUX (Family Girl, second) – “She gave it her all.”
EVIN ROMAN (Show It N Moe It, third) – “The race went well for me. Maybe next time I wouldn’t take a hold of her; I’d just let her run.”
BRIAN KORINER (Spiced Perfection, winner) – “We skipped the first stake (CTBA) that most of these horses ran in. It seems like the fresher these horses are the better they run. She’s been doing really well since we brought her down here. Every time Joe (Talamo) worked her he gave me a thumbs up and said she was getting better and better and she showed it today.”
FRACTIONS: :22.00 :45.55 :58.13 1:11.38
The stakes win was the third of the meet for rider Talamo and his second in the Generous Portion. He now has 48 stakes wins at Del Mar.
The stakes win was the first of the meet for trainer Koriner and his first in the Generous Portion. He now has five stakes wins at Del Mar.
The winning owner – Dare to Dream Stable – is the nom de course of Michael Saber of Mundelein, IL.