Sunday, November 4, 2012
Rhythm of Light wins feature at Santa Anita
ARCADIA, Calif. -- Rhythm of Light won the $150,000 Goldikova Stakes by 11/2 lengths on Sunday at Santa Anita on closing day of the autumn meet.
Ridden by Garret Gomez, Rhythm of Light ran one mile on the turf in 1:33.42 and paid $6.80, $4.60 and $3.40 as the 2-1 favorite in the field of seven fillies and mares. She won a Group 2 race in Turkey on Sept. 1 before shipping to the West Coast for her U.S. debut.
A Jealous Woman returned $5.40 and $3.80, while Vivo Per Lei paid $4.40 to show.
The victory, worth $90,000, increased Rhythm of Light's career earnings to $403,659. The Britain-bred filly will remain in the U.S. and transfer to trainer Simon Callaghan.
Joe Talamo became the first jockey other than Rafael Bejarano or Joel Rosario to win a riding title at one of Southern California's three major tracks since 2007. He rode 37 winners to 21 for Bejarano.
Bob Baffert won his 10th training title at Santa Anita with 19 winners, beating out John Sadler with 12.