Godolphin's Tempera made the class jump from the maiden ranks to stakes company with an impressive nine-length victory in the $150,000 Sorrento Stakes (gr. II) at Del Mar Saturday. Under David Flores, the 2-year-old daughter of A.P. Indy -- Colour Chart, by Mr. Prospector, completed the 6 1/2 furlongs in 1:16.13 on a fast track.
Tempera broke running from her outside post and raced wide through the backstretch run while tracking the pace set by Georgia's Storm. Tempera continued to race wide around the turn, moved up to challenge the leader approaching the stretch, and swept by Georgia's Storm at the top of the lane. Godolphin's filly opened up on the field while under hand ride from Flores.
"She took me for quite a ride," said Flores. "I just got her away from there quick and looked for a good spot to put her. She's easy to handle. She just cruised up to that other filly (frontrunner Georgia's Storm) and I just pushed on her a little bit to let her know it was time to get going. She took right off. I never hit her and never thought about it. I might have let her run three-eighths of a mile; that's all. She'll handle the distances, too. She made the jump from 5 1/2 (furlongs) to 6 1/2 as easy as could be. She'll just keep on running."
Respectful finished second, a length ahead of Roaring Blaze. Georgia's Storm, Past You, Martial's Princess, Ms Louisett, and Daybreak Dawn completed the order of finish.
The win is the second in three races for Tempera, who is trained for Godolphin by Eoin Harty. She earned $90,000 for the win.
Tempera returned $3.60, $2.60, and $2.60. Respectful paid $4.20 and $3.60. Roaring Blaze was worth $3.80 to show. The $1 exacta paid $7.70. (Chart, Equibase