Louis A. Asistio's Kalookan Queen benefited from a slow start by favored Go Go, then outdueled that rival through the stretch to win Sunday's $150,000 Rancho Bernardo Handicap (gr. III) at Del Mar. Under Alex Solis, Kalookan Queen completed the 6 1/2 furlongs in 1:15.52 on a fast track.
"She (Go Go) is a wonderful filly. But so is mine," said Solis. "That was a real horse race. I'm so proud of my filly. She was so game today. She stuck her neck out and she just didn't want to get beat. She was terrific."
Bruce Headley-trained Kalookan Queen finished a head in front of Go Go to earn her second straight win. She came into the race following a 2 1/2-length win in the restricted Fantastic Girl Stakes earlier in the meet. Kalookan Queen's win snapped Go Go's win streak at three, a streak that included a half-length win over Kalookan Queen in the Desert Stormer Handicap (gr. III) at Hollywood Park.
Go Go finished three lengths ahead of third-place Warren's Whistle. Back Seat Babe, Fair Apachee, and Brite Girl completed the order of finish.
Five-year-old Kalookan Queen (Lost Code--Regal Realm, by Majestic Prince) earned $90,000 for the win, her sixth from 15 starts. Donald and Mary Zuckerman bred Kalookan Queen in Kentucky.
Kalookan Queen, the 8-5 second choice, paid $5.20, $2.20, and $2.10. Go Go returned $2.10 and $2.10. Warren's Whistle paid $2.10 to show. The $1 exacta returned $3.80. (Chart, Equibase