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Kirstenbosch Wins La Cañada, Verifying Triumphs in 3 Year Old Debut

Kirstenbosch Wins La Cañada: Kirstenbosch came from behind to win the La Cañada Stakes on Sunday at the Santa Anita Park in Arcadia, California. The four-year-old filly edged favorite Ganadora by a nose in the 1 1/16-mile, Grade 3 race. The 3-1 favorite followed up her impressive starts at the La Brea and Zia Parks Oaks with an amazing triumph at Santa Anita. Guided by Japanese jockey Kazushi Kimura, she surged from the quarter pole and overtook dueling leaders Ganadora and Angel Nadeshiko en route to earning USD120,000.

Kirstenbosch Wins La Cañada: First Stakes Win

It was the first stakes victory for Kirstenbosch in 10 races and she improved her record to three first places, three seconds and one third. In a statement, Kimura, who was adjudged as Woodbine’s leading rider last year, said that the win is “amazing.” It was his first win in Santa Anita and in a Grade 3 race. He added that Kirstenbosch needed a little push in the middle of the race to get into the lead pack. Juan Leyva, who serves as assistant to trainer John Sadler, hailed Kimura for his excellent riding on Kirstenbosch. Meanwhile, the Bob Baffert-trained Ganadora was an 8-5 favorite but fell short. She was pressed early and late and just missed the mark. Ganadora finished 2 3/4 lengths ahead of Smoothlikebuttah, who overtook a tiring Angel Nadeshiko in the last part of the race. Under The Stars placed fifth while Natural Colour rounded out the entries in the La Cañada Stakes Race, according to the best site for placing bets in horseracing.

Verifying Gains Victory in First Race as a Three Year Old

Verifying rode to a 5 1/4-length win in an entry-level allowance race in his three-year-old debut on Saturday at Oaklawn. The half-brother of champion and multiple Oaklawn stakes winner Midnight Bisou received a career-high 97 preliminary Beyer Speed Figure after running the fastest mile of the meeting while getting ready for a Kentucky Derby points race. The Brad Cox-trained horse, which is a 7-5 favorite, tracked front-running Gun Pilot for 3/4 of a mile before emerging on the outside, turning for home in the USD104,000 race. He sped away from his challengers in the final 100 yards to reach the finish line at a time of one minute and 37.23 seconds. It was better than the 1:37.35 set by Grade 2 winner Ginobili in the USD150,000 Fifth Season Stakes 2 1/2 hours later. The horse is among the Kentucky Derby prospects for Cox. He has four qualifying points after finishing second in the USD500,000 Champagne Stakes. His impressive run may help him in future Derby qualifying events and earn enough points to make it in the race. Sports betting sites are giving Verifying a closer look due to his impressive showing recently.