English trainer Tom Dascombe was out of luck with Ceiling Kitty in the
Breeders' Cup Juvenile Sprint and Upward Spiral in the Juvenile Turf Sprint
Preview, but Rhythm of Light made his trip to Santa Anita worthwhile in Sunday's
Grade 2, $150,000
Goldikova Stakes. Making her final start for Dascombe before joining Simon
Callaghan, the 2-1 favorite rallied boldly in deep stretch to win going away by
1 1/2 lengths.
Deal, Lowe and Silver's well-traveled Rhythm of Light was last seen landing the September 1 International Istanbul Trophy at Veliefendi Racecourse. Patiently handled by Garrett Gomez, the four-year-old daughter of Beat Hollow loped along near the rear of the field early in her U.S. debut.
Up front, Let's Go Cheyenne sped through fractions of :23 and :47 1/5 on the firm turf. A Jealous Woman prompted until nearing the final turn, when she ratcheted up the pressure and drew alongside Let's Go Cheyenne through six furlongs in 1:10 2/5. A Jealous Woman put away the pacesetter entering the stretch and began to open up.
But Rhythm of Light was just hitting her best stride. After lugging in a bit on straightening, Rhythm of Light quickly regained her momentum and rolled past A Jealous Woman. The winner stopped the teletimer in 1:33 2/5 for the grassy mile and paid $6.80, $4.60 and $3.40.
A Jealous Woman crossed the wire 2 1/2 lengths to the good of third-placer Vivo Per Lei. I Dazzle reported home fourth, followed by Hard to Resist, Byrony and Let's Go Cheyenne. Morning-line favorite City to City, runner-up in this race last year when it was known as the Las Palmas, was scratched.
Rhythm of Light's biggest career victory advanced her scorecard to 17-6-2-1,
$403,696. Successful in the listed Sandringham Handicap at Royal Ascot in the
summer of 2011, she concluded her sophomore campaign with a third in the Group 3
Prix de Lieurey and a runner-up effort in the Istanbul Trophy. Rhythm of Light
wintered in Dubai, but was unplaced in the Group 2 Cape Verdi and Group 2
Balanchine. Back home in England, she was outclassed when 12th in the Group 2
Windsor Forest at Royal Ascot.
Dascombe lowered her sights for a July 21 Haydock conditions race, where she posted a confidence-boosting win. Rhythm of Light was fourth next time out over the course in the Dick Hern Fillies' Stakes, her final outing before jetting off for a return trip to Turkey. In her second attempt at the Istanbul Trophy, she drove to a half-length decision.
Bred by Hermes Services Ltd. in Great Britain, Rhythm of Light is out of the winning Danehill mare Luminda, who is also responsible for the French stakes-placed Lazy Afternoon. Luminda is a half-sister to Grade 2 victress Little Treasure. Further back, this is the family of French highweight miler and sire Bigstone.