MANDELLA-TRAINED RUMOR IMPRESSIVE IN GRADE III LAS FLORES, SMITH FLIES ‘STANDBY’ FROM ARKANSAS & GETS THE MONEY

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March 10, 2013

PICK SIX CARRYOVER OF $94,395, TOTAL POOL ON THURSDAY SHOULD EXCEED $750,000

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ARCADIA, Calif. (March 10, 2013)—Well beaten going 6 ½ furlongs down the hillside turf course on Feb. 10, the Richard Mandella-trained Rumor outran her 6-1 odds in Sunday’s Grade III, $100,000 Las Flores Stakes, besting 4-5 favorite Teddy’s Promise by a half length while covering 6 ½ furlongs in 1:15.44 on a spectacular sunny day at Santa Anita.

Ridden by Mike Smith, who had to overcome a cancelled flight returning from Oaklawn Park in Hot Springs, Arkansas, Rumor made it look easy as she engaged the favorite passing the eighth pole and quickly gained the advantage under left handed encouragement.

“The last time I rode her ($86,000 Wishing Well Stakes, Feb. 10) she was just quiet, really really quiet,” said Smith. “…You know, I’m not too sure Teddy’s Promise ran her race today, but when I saw that she wasn’t really kickin’ on, I thought I had a shot to win it.

“I had a terrible morning. You don’t know how hard it was for me to get here. I came from Arkansas this morning. My flight was cancelled and I’ve been on ‘standbys’ since four this morning. I’ve never been so happy to catch a standby (flight) in my life.”

With Teddy’s Promise, ridden by Victor Espinoza and 5-2 second choice, Shumoos, with Garrett Gomez, dueling through splits of 22.11, 44.64, Rumor was second, one length behind the favorite with six furlongs run in 1:09.12.

“She broke a little awkwardly out of the gate,” said Espinoza. “We had to stand there a long time because the other horse (Shumoos) didn’t want to load, so she got a little impatient. When she broke, she broke to the inside and we got bumped a little bit, and when I grabbed her to straighten her up, that’s when she really grabbed the bridle and wanted to go.

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