The $81,200 San Miguel Stakes for 3-year-olds went to Too Much Bling, who burst away from his opposition in mid-stretch to take the six-furlong event in a swift 1:08.59 for trainer Bob Baffert. Only three San Miguel winners have run faster.
It was the first start in California for the roan, an Ohio-bred son of Rubiano, and he was bet down to 5-2 favoritism off a series of stellar works and a third-place finish in the Hopeful (gr. I) at Saratoga in August.
With Garrett Gomez aboard, Too Much Bling spurted to a four-length victory over Case to Believe, who closed for second under Corey Nakatani in the 11-horse field. Bound to Be M V P, an import from Canada, finished third.
The winner, making his fourth start for Baffert, paid $7.60, $4.80, and $3.60. The prices on Cause to Believe were $5 and $3.60, while Bound to Be M V P paid $10.20 to show.
Owned by Stonerside Stable and Blazing Meadows Farm, Too Much Bling made his first start since finishing sixth Oct. 28 when favored in Belmont Park's Nashua Stakes (gr. III). The payoff boosted his earnings to $102,674 from a record of 2-0-2 in six career starts.(Chart, Equibase)
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