Alex Solis made the most of his opportunity to ride Redattore for the injured Laffit Pincay Jr. in the $400,000 Frank E. Kilroe Mile (gr. IT) Saturday at Santa Anita.
He took the 8-year-old Brazilian-bred son of Roi Normand to the front and kept him there, scoring a one-length victory over the hard-closing favorite, Good Journey, in 1:34 4/5. Decarchy also rallied late to win a photo with Century City for third.
Pincay was shaken up in a spill earlier in the day and although not badly hurt, according to reports, he decided to give up his remaining mounts.
"It's unfortunate to get a mount this way," Solis said of replacing his fellow Panamanian. "But it's part of the game and I guess destiny. I wasn't concerned about being in front, because I felt we were going very slow, so I wasn't too concerned about it."
Redattore, trained by Richard Mandella for owner Luis Alfredo Taunay, skipped along easily through fractions of :23 4/5, :47 2/5 and 1:11 1/5 with French-bred Cayoke in tracking position. On the final turn, Cayoke, with David Flores riding, came to even terms with the leader, drawing alongside as they made their way into the stretch. Cayoke, however, tired in the lane and Redattore opened up a commanding lead, retaining enough strength to hold off Good Journey and jockey Pat Day.
"We got shuffled back a little bit further (than he wanted)," Day said of Good Journey, who won the Citation (gr. IIT) at Hollywood Park Nov. 30 in his last race. "He didn't jump into it like he had in his previous races, but we were back there in a contending position. Obviously I left him with a little too much to do and not enough time to get it done."
Mandella said Redattore, a graded stakes winner on both grass and dirt, is versatile enough to win from anywhere.
"I didn't really care where Alex put him as long as it was first, second or third and I think he made a good choice. It all kind of depended on what the others wanted to do. You know, he's done it both ways so it didn't make a huge difference where he was," Mandella said. "He really ran a great race and I couldn't be happier with him.
In winning for the 12th time in 26 races, Redattore earned $240,000 for his owner, and cleared the $1 million milestone. He now boasts earnings of more than $1.2 million.
Sent off at 5-1, Redattore paid $12.40, $4.40 and $3.20. Good Journey returned $3 and $2.60. Decarchy, who was ridden by Patrick Valenzuela, paid $3.60. The $2 exacta was worth $29.40.