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French Lass Kya One Angles to My Charmer Win

Kya One My Charmer Handicap 2012French import Kya One, making her second start in the United States, came from off the pace to register a 1 1/4-length victory as the favorite in the $100,000 My Charmer Handicap (gr. IIIT) on the turf at Calder Casino and Race Course Nov. 22 (VIDEO).

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Paco Lopez guided the 4-year-old daughter of One Cool Cat, a son of Storm Cat, to victory for Mackie Racing and trainer Chad Brown. The bay filly, bred in France by Ecurie D., is out of the unraced Thunder Gulch   mare Kya Gulch.

Kya One was timed in 1:47.40 over firm ground for the Thanksgiving Day My Charmer, a 1 1/8-mile test for fillies and mares.

A minor stakes winner and group-placed in France, where she won five of 19 starts with seven placings, Kya One made her U.S. racing debut at Belmont Park Sept. 15 with a fifth-place effort in the Noble Damsel (gr. IIIT).

Kya One was rematched with Naples Bay, the winner of the one-mile Noble Damsel, and clearly appreciated the extra furlong. Saving ground while reserved toward the rear of the pack, Lopez angled Kya One to the outside for the drive. She responded to urging approaching mid-stretch to sweep past Naples Bay leaving the eighth pole and won with something left as the 9-5 choice.

“My plan was to put her wherever I could in the race, so I just let the other fillies go and she settled nicely behind,” Lopez said. “At the three-eighths pole I had a good position, and then when I pushed, my filly started running hard. She tried real hard from the mile to the mile and a sixteenth, and she finished strong.”

Naples Bay, stalking pacesetters Wicked Night and Speak Easy Gal in third for Luis Saez, took a narrow edge rounding the far turn and maintained her advantage before giving way to the winner. She held off the Irish-bred Janicellaine and Gabriel Saez for second by a neck, with Hooh Why fourth.

Callmethesqueeze, Speak Easy Gal, and Wicked Night completed the order in the field of seven. Wicked Night led Speak Easy Gal through opening fractions of :23.14 and :47.16 before Speak Easy Gal took a brief lead while completing six furlongs in 1:11.63.

Kya One earned $60,760 for her sixth victory from 21 starts and has now banked $234,168. She has won three of four starts at the nine-furlong distance.

Carrying 116 pounds, three fewer than Naples Bay, the winner paid $5.60, $3.20, and $2.40. Naples Bay, the 2-1 second choice, returned $3.60 and $2.80 while rounding out a $17.20 exacta. Janicellaine paid $3 to show.

Calder: Kya One scores first U.S. victory in My Charmer Handicap

Kya One Paco Lopez JockeyKya One, evidently, needed just one test drive to get the hang of American racing. The 4-year-old French import turned in a professional performance and wore down Naples Bay to win the Grade 3, $100,000 My Charmer Handicap on Thursday at Calder Race Course.

A 4-year-old filly bred in France and raced overseas for the first 19 starts of her career, Kya One came to trainer Chad Brown earlier this year and made her North American debut in the Noble Damsel Stakes on Sept. 15 at Belmont, finishing a decent fifth of nine after falling far back in the early going. Saturday, she stuck much closer to the pace, racing in sixth as longshot Wicked Night set splits of 23.14 seconds for the opening quarter-mile and 47.16 for the first half.

Pressing Speak Easy Gal briefly took the lead, but couldn’t hold it as Naples Bay, the 2-1 second choice, reached the front in midstretch. But jockey Paco Lopez had Kya One rolling, too, and swinging off the hedge for running room, Kya One ran down Naples Bay and went on to a 1 1/4-length win, with Janicellaine a neck back in third.

Winning time for 1 1/8 miles on firm turf was 1:47.40. Kya One, the favorite, paid $5.60 to win. A daughter of One Cool Cat bred by Ecurie D, Kya One is owned by Mackie Racing.

Delta Princess: Rose to Gold reaffirms affinity for dirt

Paco Lopez VINTON, La. – Rose to Gold returned to dirt on Saturday and got back in the win column when she held off Touch Magic by a half-length in the Grade 3, $500,000 Delta Downs Princess for 2-year-old fillies at Delta Downs. It was another 2 1/4 lengths back in third to Sittin At the Bar.

Rose to Gold ($7.60) was always prominent, tracking the leaders through fractions of 23.49 seconds for the opening quarter, 48.49 for the half-mile, and 1:13.85 for six furlongs. Rose to Gold took the lead in the stretch and covered the mile in 1:39.38.

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The effort was in sharp contrast from her last start, when she finished 12th in the Grade 1 Alcibiades run on Polytrack at Keeneland. Prior to that race she had won back-to-back stakes at Calder, by a combined margin of 26 lengths. The races were the first two starts of her career, and both were on dirt.

“The difference was today she was on a surface that she likes,” said Sal Santoro, who trains Rose to Gold for Kathleen Amaya and Raffaele Centofanti. “The Polytrack was just not her thing.

“I was confident going into this race. I know the filly, she gives 110 percent. So, I was confident, but there were some great fillies in the race.”

Santoro said Rose to Gold’s next start is to be determined, but the objectives for her this winter are the Grade 2, $250,000 Davona Dale on Feb. 23 and the Grade 2, $300,000 Gulfstream Oaks on March 30. Both races are at Gulfstream Park.

Paco Lopez rode Rose to Gold for the first time Saturday. Rose to Gold earned $300,000 for her win, to push her career earnings to $372,889. She is now 3 for 4.

Rose to Gold Rules Dirt in Delta Princess

Paco Lopez Delta PrincessRose to Gold returned to dirt and remained unbeaten on it, taking the $500,000 Delta Princess Stakes (gr. III) by half a length Nov. 17 at Delta Downs (VIDEO).

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The juvenile daughter of Friends Lake came off a 12th-place finish over Polytrack in the Oct. 5 Darley Alcibiades Stakes (gr. I) at Keeneland to resume her winning ways for owners Kathleen Amaya and Raffaele Centofanti. She ran the mile in 1:39.38, beating eight other 2-year-old fillies.

Trained by Sal Santoro, Rose to Gold had been unbeaten Before the Darley Alcibiades with impressive victories in the one-mile Lindsay Frolic Stakes and the Brave Rajiv Stakes going a mile and 70 yards at Calder Race Course & Casino. Her winning margin in each was a respective 13 and 13 1/2 lengths. She was one of four runners in the field carrying 119 pounds in the Delta Princess; the others carried 117.
Off well at the start, the chestnut filly employed her typical tactics settling just off the lead. She tracked along the rail in third behind a pace set alternately by Unhedged, who went the first quarter in :23.49, and Salamera, who went the half in 48:49, then commenced her move behind three-quarters in 1:13.85 run by Touch Magic, who had taken the lead in upper stretch.
Put into a strong drive by jockey Paco Lopez leaving the turn, Rose to Gold split horses and responded when roused to the task, running seven-eighths in 1:26.82 en route to the wire. Lopez gave a few strokes of the stick to keep the filly to task in the final furlong as she drifted in slightly; she held sway over Touch Magic while Sittin At the Bar got up to round out the tri.
Rose to Gold returned $7.60, $5.60, and $4.60. Touch Magic paid $17.40 and $11.40. Sittin At the Bar brought $6.80. Madame Cactus, the 8-5 favorite, Salamera, Unhedged, Floral Sky, Cayllano, and Cloudy in Sandiego completed the order of finish.
Rose to Gold was bred in Kentucky by Joe Mulholland Sr., Joe Mulholland Jr., John Mulholland & Karen Mulholland out of the Tabasco Cat mare Saucy. The Delta Princess win improved her record to three victories from four starts, with earnings of $372,889.

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