LONE CALIFORNIA-BRED PROVIDES FRESHMAN SIRE LAKERVILLE WITH HIS FIRST STAKES WINNER
ARCADIA, Calif. (Oct. 8, 2018)–At 33-1, the longest shot in a field of six juvenile fillies in Monday’s $100,000 Surfer Girl Stakes at Santa Anita, Lakerball sped to the lead from her outside post and held sway throughout under Mario Gutierrez, winning by a head as heavily favored Summering could manage no better than a third place finish under Drayden Van Dyke. Trained by Doug O’Neill, Lakerball got a mile on turf in 1:35.23 and provided her sire, the late running sprinter Lakerville, with his first stakes winner from his first crop to race.
A California-bred maiden $50,000 winner going 5 ½ furlongs on dirt two starts back Aug. 8, she was well beaten versus state breds in a first condition allowance at the same distance on Sept. 2. In her first try on grass and around two turns, Lakerball, in her fourth career start, paid $69.60, $27.00 and $5.00.
Owned by Janie Buss’s Purple Rein Racing, Pappas Racing and Tom Roberts, Lakerball is out of the Capsized mare Category Ten. With the Surfer Girl win, she picked up $60,000, increasing her earnings to $84,480 while improving her race record to 4-2-0-1.
Ridden by Joe Talamo, Irish-bred Lady Prancealot was next to last after the first half mile and held off Summering by 1 ½ lengths for second money. Off at 7-2, Lady Prancealot paid $5.40 and $2.20.
Although many expected heavily favored Summering to go to the early lead, she was in-hand into the Club House turn and never seemed entirely comfortable while lugging in a bit through the lane under Van Dyke. Off at 2-5, she finished three quarters of a length in front of Miss Bigly and paid $2.10 to show.
Fractions on the race were 23.14, 47.44, 1:12.00 and 1:23.71.