Horses owned by Abigail Kawananakoa dominated the weekend stakes races at Los Alamitos on May 10-11. First it was the princess, Mesa Moonlight, with a dominating performance in the La Pacifica Handicap for 3-year-olds. Then it was the queen, Significant Heart, with a vintage effort to take home the Miss Princess Handicap for fillies and mares, 3-year-olds and upward on Sunday night.
The victory was an important one for Significant Heart, as it showed that the 4-year-old mare still has the form to be a major player in the stakes ranks at Los Alamitos in 2014. The daughter of Corona Cartel won five of seven starts last year including stakes victory in the Southern California Derby, Z. Wayne Griffin Directors Trials and Lanty’s Jet Handicap. But she came into the Miss Princess having lost her last three outings, including a sixth place finish at 3-1 odds when facing mares in the Grade 2 Charger Bar Handicap on January 5.
Significant Heart lived up to her 3-5 favorite status in the main event on Mother’s Day, as she led every step of the way while posting a half-length victory in a time of :17.579. Ridden by Ramon Sanchez for trainer Paul Jones, Significant Heart earned $13,750 for the win. She’s now earned $142,352 and her career record now stands at six wins in 15 career starts. Sanchez and Jones also combined to win the La Pacifica with Kawananakoa’s Mesa Moonlight on Saturday night.
Zory Kuzyk’s Beautiful Fire had a nice debut for trainer Cody Joiner after finishing second in the Miss Princess. A half-sister to 2004 World Champion Be A Bono, Beautiful Fire crossed the wire a half-length ahead of third place finisher Splendiferous Diva. It had been the other way around the last time that Beautiful Fire and Splendiferous Diva met in the Denim N Diamonds Handicap when the latter won the race and Beautiful Fire settled for fourth by ¾ lengths. Ridden by Cruz Mendez, Beautiful Fire earned $5,625 for running second. Veronica Gail Worth’s Splendiferous Diva earned $3,125 for finishing third in this race. Betty Gun, Forgotten Dynasty, Barrel Babe and Chics On Fire completed the field.
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