Izzy Rules notched her fourth consecutive victory on Sunday, winning the $100,000 Las Flores Stakes (G3) at Santa Anita. As jockey Edwin Maldonado gained his first stakes win at Santa Anita, the 5-year-old Florida-bred mare simply blew away her graded stakes opposition while covering the distance in 1:14.59 after paving the way through robust fractions of 21.73, 43.31 and 1:07.40.
She crossed the wire 4 ¼ lengths ahead of Spectacular Sky. Home Sweet Aspen, recent winner of the Grade 1 Santa Monica Stakes, never a threat and finished fifth
Since winning a $20,000 claimer at Hollywood Park on Dec. 4 by 4 ¼ lengths, Izzy Rules has recorded a pair of 6 ¼-length wins in allowance races at Santa Anita. All have been sprints, and she has sped to front-running victories in each. Maldonado, a 29-year-old native of Puerto Rico, has been aboard each time.
Attending the OBS sale in Florida, winning trainer Jeff Bonde was not available to explain Izzy Rules’ dramatic development. Maldonado, who has been along for the ride, said; “This filly is so nice going and is just easy to ride. My main concern during the race was to try and get to the quarter-pole alone because I knew she would do the rest of the work for me.”
The $60,000 winner’s share of the purse was the biggest payday of the bay mare’s career. The daughter of Peace Rules now has earnings of $264,306 from a 7-3-2 record in 17 races.