CHANDELIER STAKES | PURSE: $250,000 | 2-YEAR-OLDS | FILLIES | GRADE 1 | 1 1/16-MILES (TURF)
She needed the length of the Santa Anita Park stretch to do it, but Secret Compass passed favorite She's a Tiger with 50 yards to go and won the $250,000 Chandelier Stakes for 2-year-old fillies by a head. She's a Tiger held second, a length in front of third-place finisher Fascinating.
Secret Compass was one of three contestants in the Chandelier for trainer Bob Baffert. She broke her maiden in July at Del Mar before finishing four lengths behind She's a Tiger in the Del Mar Debutante, in which Fascinating finished second.
Secret Compass races for Westrock Stables. She is a daughter of Discreet Cat out of the Maria's Mon mare Maria's Pride, and was bred in Kentucky by Liberation Farm and Brandywine Farm.
Secret Compass cost Westrock $425,000 at the Ocala Breeders' Sales Co. March auction.
Under Rosie Napravnik, Secret Compass was unhurried early, racing in mid-pack in the field of seven as Harlington's Rose and Awesome Baby traded the lead through early fractions of 22.80 and 46.25 seconds. She's a Tiger tracked in third under Gary Stevens and went for an early run just past the half-mile pole, cruising to the lead leaving the backstretch.
Secret Compass began to loom coming off the turn for home, but She's a Tiger was holding her at bay and both fillies were tiring visibly. After six furlongs in 1:10.27, the mile went in 1:37.66.
Stevens did everything he could to try to keep She's a Tiger in front, but she flattened out late, and Secret Compass crossed the line first in 1:44.91 on a fast track.
Following Fascinating in the order of finish were Harlington's Rose, Awesome Baby, Belle of the Fleet, and Antiquity. Colonel Joan was scratched.
Secret Compass paid $23.40, $8.40, and $3.60. She's a Tiger returned $4.00 and $2.40, while Fascinating was good for $2.10. The $2 exacta returned $74.60.
Secret Compass has now won two of four starts and has earned $216,120.