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Friday, October 24, 2008
Ventura takes Filly and Mare Sprint with huge move

By Mike Welsch
Daily Racing Form

ARCADIA, Calif. -- Ventura got the 2008 Breeders' Cup off to a rousing start, circling the field into the stretch before drawing away from 9-5 favorite Indian Blessing en route to a decisive four-length victory in the $1 million Filly and Mare Sprint at Santa Anita. Ventura's final time of 1:19.90 came within 0.01 second of Indian Blessing's seven-furlong track record.

Ventura, a 4-year-old homebred daughter of Chester House trained by Bobby Frankel for Juddmonte Farms, paid $7.60.

Ventura broke a step slowly and raced well off the pace of Dearest Trickski down the backstretch, commenced her bid upon entering the turn, and was full of run while swinging wide turning into the stretch. Then she readily overtook Indian Blessing to win going away. Indian Blessing was easily second-best, with Zaftig rallying mildly to finish third.

Oak Tree at Santa Anita, 3rd Race - October 24, 2008

$1,000,000 Sentient Flight Group Breeders' Cup Filly and Mare Sprint
Pgm Horse Win Place Show
12 Ventura 7.60 3.40 3.00
5 Indian Blessing 3.40 2.40
6 Zaftig 4.00

$1 Exacta (12-5) Paid $12.70, $1 Trifecta (12-5-6) Paid $48.70, $1 Superfecta (12-5-6-10) Paid $733.30
Scratched: Indyanne, Also ran: Miraculous Miss, Tizzy's Tune, Intangaroo, Magnificience, Jazzy (ARG), Lady Sprinter, La Tee, Dearest Trickski, Dream Rush and Tiz Elemental