Golden Sonata came from out of the clouds in the stretch to blow by her rivals and win the $200,000 Oaklawn Breeders' Cup Stakes (gr. III) by 1 3/4 lengths on Saturday.
``I wasn't worried at all being as far back as I was on the backside,'' jockey Carlos Marquez said. ``If I was that far behind I was sure they were going very fast up front and I knew my horse had a lot of late kick.''
Golden Sonata, at odds of 29-1 for trainer Morris Nicks and owner/breeder James C. Spence, was in 10th out of the gate and remained there entering the stretch. With a sixteenth of a mile to go, she was sixth, but gaining rapidly.
Mayo On the Side had the lead in the stretch by a head as a wall of horses vied for control in deep stretch, but slipped to third. She was overtaken by Golden Sonata, who came flying down the middle of the track in the 1 1-16 mile race for fillies and mares 3-years-old and up. Keys to the Heart got up for second by three quarters of a length. Spectacular Lisa, the 9-10 choice, was fourth after fighting the pace battle and getting the lead on the turn for home.
``I thought I was in the right spot at the top of the lane,'' said Tim Doocy, who rode Mayo On the Side. ``We were clear on the outside with lots of running run but she just flattened out.''
Golden Sonata paid $60.60, $24.40 and $9.60. Keys to the Heart returned $8.60 and $6.00, while Mayo On The Side paid $3.80 to show.
The winner, a 5-year-old Mr. Prospector mare, won for the sixth time in 18 career starts while earning $120,000. Her career total now stands at $278,811.