Golden Eagle Farm's homebred Yearly Report seized the lead at the eighth pole and drew away for an easy four-length victory under jockey Jerry Bailey in Monday's $150,000 Santa Ynez Stakes (gr. II) for 3-year-old fillies at Santa Anita.
Making her third career start for trainer Bob Baffert, the bay filly by General Meeting–Fiscal Year (by Half a Year) made her first venture into graded stakes company a successful one. Coming from off the pace while carrying 114 pounds, she went seven furlongs in a stakes-record 1:21 for her second win. House of Fortune, co-high weight at 121 pounds, was second under Alex Solis, 4 1/2 lengths in front of Papa to Kinzie and Patrick Valenzuela.
The winning time surpassed the mark of 1:21 1/5 set by Terlingua in 1979.
Rahy Dolly, the slight 2-1 favorite over Yearly Report in a field reduced to eight by three scratches, finished fifth, beaten by 13 1/2 lengths.
Bailey allowed Yearly Report to stalk the pacesetting Papa to Kinzie through opening fractions of :22 and :44 1/5, moving into contention for the lead on the turn. Racing on the outside of the frontrunner, she took a short lead in mid-stretch and pulled away under left-handed urging.
House of Fortune showed early speed and stalked the leader while three wide on the turn, proving to be second best in the lane. Papa to Kinzie was keen early while seizing the early lead from between horses, tiring in the final furlong while holding off Bending Strings for third by two lengths.
"Kind of worried me on the backside when McAnally's filly (House of Fortune) trapped me on the inside," Bailey said, "but she didn't have enough to hold me. From there on it was pretty easy."
After Rahy Dolly came Whoopi Cat, Nandu and Cardinalli. Silent Sighs, Church Editor and Renaissance Lady scratched.
Yearly Report, who was bought back by Mrs. John Mabee at Barretts in May for $95,000, was second to Silent Sighs in the state-bred California Breeders' Champion on Dec. 27 at Santa Anita, losing by three lengths after a slow start in her initial stakes try. She debuted nicely with a four-length score in a maiden special weight event at Hollywood Park a month earlier. She earned $90,000 for the victory.
"She was just green last time," Baffert said. "I told Jerry (Bailey) she broke a little green and got dirt in her face so he kept her in the clear. I just told him to ride her with a lot of confidence because she's like a Kentucky Oaks kind of filly. As long as you tell Jerry what he's got underneath him, then he rides very confident."
McAnally noted, "My filly (House of Fortune) can run but that was a tough filly that beat her. (Yearly Report's) a lot better than I thought she was."
The winner paid $6.20, $3 and $2.60. House of Fortune returned $4 and $2.80. Papa to Kinzie's show was $4.60. The $2 exacta was worth $25.