The Santa Ynez was rendered Beholder’s walk in the park. It was supposed to be an easy comeback spot after her brilliant Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies win.
All was going to plan until, flying up the rail, came that nutty Renee’s Titan. A troublemaker in training, she’s got quite a closing kick and pulled off the 20-1 shocker with Tyler Baze for trainer Doug O’Neill.
Baze dropped his whip in the stretch – that one not Renee’s fault – but after the wire, she showed her usual spunk by veering, causing Baze to lose his balance and fall. Everyone appeared to be fine and Renee, riderless, zipped right over to the winner’s circle.
Apparently the daughter of Bernstein, whose broodmare sire is champion Tiznow, is quite the character.
“She’s got a few problems in her head, but she can really run when she holds it all together, and she proved that today,” Baze was quoted as saying in the Santa Anita press notes.
O’Neill assistant Leandro Mora said depositing riders is one of the filly’s fortes.
“She’s done it before, mostly in the mornings,” Mora said. “She dumped Kevin Krigger in a workout, so we keep company with her always. She’s so tough to train, we keep switching horses, and not the same horse every morning because she’ll run them out. We do what we have to.”
Quirkiness aside, the Kentucky-bred filly now has a graded stake win to her credit and ten Kentucky Oaks points to boot.