SHE GOES UP’S FAST START FROM RAIL LEADS TO LA PACIFICA VICTORY
Ed Allred’s She Goes Up became a multiple stakes winner after a convincing 1 ¼ length victory in the $35,000 La Pacifica Handicap over a field that included Los Alamitos Oaks winner Sweet Tess here on Saturday.
With Jonathan Roman up for trainer Scott Willoughby, She Goes Up left perfectly from post number one and a narrow lead early over Oaks finalist Majority Interest. That was only the beginning of She Goes Up’s impressive run. A Seperate Interest filly out of the stakes winning mare Up For It, She Goes Up continued to shine from along the rail, increasing her lead to ¾ lengths over Majority Interest past the midway point before finishing powerfully to win by daylight with Sweet Tess making a late move to run second.
Both of She Goes Up’s stakes wins have come from along the rail. The Allred-bred filly also won the Governor’s Cup Futurity from post number one with Roman piloting her on July 31. She Goes Up earned $19,250 for her La Pacifica win to take her career bankroll to $172,372.
“This filly usually runs really well from pretty much anywhere on the track,” Willoughby said. “In the Oaks she had a bad trip, just the worst trip she’s ever had. We’ll just see how she does in the derbies for the rest of the year, and we’ll just keep rolling forward. We have a lot of new fillies races this year, so we’ll pick and choose. She won Governor’s Cup Futurity, so we’ll try to win the Governor’s Cup Derby. I don’t know if we can win, but we are going to try.”
Sent off at 9-2 odds, She Goes Up covered the 350 yards in :17.544 while improving to four wins in 10 starts.
Trainer Pat Visscher knew that Sweet Tess needed a fast start to have a chance to win at 350 yards in the La Pacifica. Unfortunately for Sweet Tess, she broke in and bumped at the start, leaving her with too much ground to make up on She Goes Up. To her credit, Sweet Tess was tremendous in the final 50 yards, moving up from fifth place to second. Jose Nicasio piloted her for owners Ed and Theresa DeNike, who also bred the Apollitical Jess filly. Sweet Tess earned $7,875 for running second. She’s now earned $210,680 in her career.
Racing for the partnership of Quarter K LLC, Sweet Dasha Fire finished in a dead heat with Majority Interest for third place. The latter is owned by Bradbury Racing, Robyn Gordon, Jimmy Harrel and Thompson Racing, Inc. La Beverly Hills, Hitters Count, Up To Good, Call It Close, and Run By Your Cartel completed the field.
The racing card on Saturday night came in with a $48,006 Pick 6 carryover, one of the largest of the season here. A total of $149,002 of new money was wagered in the $2 Pick 6, making the grand total for the night $197,008. There were no major surprise winners in the Pick 6 sequence, resulting in a payout of $1,157 for each tickets with all six winners on Saturday.