Theater R.N. wins the Las Palmas.

Theater R.N. wins the Las Palmas.


Theater R.N. is Star of Show in Las Palmas

Edited from Oak Tree report
Theater R.N., making her stakes debut for Hall of Fame trainer Bobby Frankel, came storming home on the outside to beat stablemate Lots of Hope by a half-length and win the grade II, $150,000 Las Palmas Handicap for fillies and mares on closing day at Oak Tree at Santa Anita Park.

Good Student, the 2-1 favorite ridden by Mike Smith, took the lead at the half-mile pole and pulled well clear of the field in the 1 1/8-mile Las Palmas. Lots of Hope made a move at the top of the stretch and started to pull away but a huge finish by Theater R.N. and jockey Rene Douglas gave the 4-year-old daughter of Theatrical the win on a firm turf course in 1:47.81.

"I knew my filly would give me a good kick at the end," said Douglas, who won three races on the day. "I timed it perfect and I knew I was going to get up."

It was the 43rd career Oak Tree stakes win for Frankel, who is second on the all-time list behind Charles Whittingham's 68.

The winner carried 114 pounds and paid $13.80, $7.60 and $4.40. Lots of Hope carried 117 and paid $6 and $3.20. Good Student carried 114 and paid $2.80.

It was the fourth win in five lifetime starts for Theater R.N., a Kentucky-bred filly owned by Mark Dedomenico of Seattle who races as the Pegasus Thoroughbred Training Center, LLC. Theater R.N. nearly doubled her lifetime bankroll, earning $90,000 for a career total of $181,800.

Also Sunday, Mike Mitchell captured the Oak Tree training title and Corey Nakatani finished at the top of the jockey standings. Mitchell won 13 races from 30 starts, for a remarkable 43 percent win rate. Nakatani won 21 races. Victor Espinoza and Tyler Baze finished tied for second with 19 wins apiece.

In the closing-day Pick 6, a single winning ticket paid $191,291.

(Chart, Equibase)