Fresh Adoration Could Show Up in Bayakoa

Fresh Adoration Could Show Up in Bayakoa
Photo: Mike Corrado
Adoration, winning the Breeders' Cup Distaff.
(from Santa Anita notes)
Breeders' Cup Distaff (gr. I) winner Adoration could next run in the $150,000 Bayakoa Handicap (gr. II) at Hollywood Park on Dec. 14, trainer David Hofmans said.

"I haven't talked to the Amermans yet (owners John and Jerry Amerman)," Hofmans said. "She's fresh and she came out of the race tearing the barn down. I have to train her to take her to the track, but we'll leave our options open. We may not run her until Santa Anita (the winter/spring meet that starts on Dec. 26) or we might run her in the Bayakoa. We haven't decided."

Adoration registered the biggest payoff in the 2003 Breeders' Cup, leading throughout under Patrick Valenzuela to post an $83.40 stunner in the $2 million Distaff (gr. I).

Hofmans wasn't overwhelmed by Adoration's victory, but was taken aback by the manner in which she won.

"I'm surprised she won in the fashion that she won in," Hofmans said. "I thought we could hit the board but she got an easy pace. They gave her a half in :47 and that's all she needed."

Adoration went on to win by 4 ½ lengths in a final time of 1:49.17 under 123 pounds.

Hofmans said the removal of blinkers for the Distaff was a major factor in Adoration's victory.

"It made her less competitive early," Hofmans said. "She could see the horses behind her which made her less rank. She wants to really go when she has the blinkers on. She sort of looks around a little bit and waits on other horses.

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