Faiza wins Grade 1 Starlet Stakes: Faiza gave justice to her top horse tag as she won the Starlet Stakes on Saturday at the Los Alamitos Race Course in California. The two-year-old filly out of Girvin and Sweet Pistol held off longshot Pride of the Nile to emerge victorious in the 1 1/16-mile (1.709-kilometer) race. She checked in at a fast clip of one minute and 44.49 seconds. Faiza handed trainer Bob Baffert his sixth-straight win in the Grade 1 event. The win builds up the filly further as she gets set for bigger races in the future, experts focusing on horseracing odds say.
Faiza Wins Grade 1 Starlet Stakes: Come From Behind Win
Faiza started her rally from the second turn and jockey Flavian Prat caught pacesetter Doingitthehardway and Pride of the Nile. The favorite emerged in the lead at the top of the stretch and outran Pride of the Nile to the finish. Faiza ended up on top by a head over her closest pursuer. Uncontrollable checked in third while Doingitthehardway finished fourth. Blessed Touch finished fifth and Classymademoiselle ended up sixth and last. The race awards qualifying points to next year’s Kentucky Oaks on a 10-4-3-2-1 scale to the top five finishers. However, Faiza and Doingitthehardway will not gain tournament points due to Baffert’s two-year ban from the Kentucky Oaks and the Kentucky Derby. This was the ninth Starlet victory for Baffert to break the tie with fellow Hall of Fame trainer D. Wayne Lukas, who trained a horse to victory eight times.
Maximum Security Owners Support Horse’s DQ in Saudi Cup
The owners of multi-titled horse Maximum Security said they are supporting a possible redistribution of prize money following the case against trainer Jason Servis. Maximum Security won the USD20-million Saudi Cup in February 2020 and days later Servis was apprehended for illegally doping racehorses. On Friday, Servis pleaded guilty in New York for one felony charge. One misdemeanor charge for administering performance-enhancing drugs to horses. He is set to be imprisoned for four years for the illegal act. Servis will be sentenced in May. He admitted that Maximum Security had been administered a compounded substance called SGF-1000 by a veterinarian for his barn.
In a statement, horse owners Gary and Mary West said they will not contest a redistribution of the prize money. They believe in the federal justice system. They hope that the action will prevent such acts in the future. After Servis’ arrest, Saudi Cup officials said that they did not release the USD10-million winner’s share to Maximum Security’s team. According to an official of the Jockey Club of Saudi Arabia. The money was placed on hold pending the charges against the trainer. Race organizers have yet to announce the changes in the 2020 race results. Midnight Bisou finished second behind Maximum Security and would take the first place if a disqualification took place, according to the top online horseracing betting site.