Super High Sets Stake Mark in Solana Beach

Harris Farm's Super High established a stakes record Monday in winning the $125,000 Solana Beach Handicap by two lengths on the turf at Del Mar.

Super High won the one-mile event for California-bred fillies and mares in 1:33.65 in leading the field from gate to wire.

Jockey Garrett Gomez and trainer Carla Gaines teamed up fro their first stakes winner of the meeting.

The 3-year-old homebred daughter of High Brite had blinkers taken off by Gaines after she faded to fourth in the San Clemente (gr. II) Aug. 3.

"I think taking off the blinkers helped," Gaines said. "Before, every time she'd hear some horses coming up behind her she'd want to cut and run. We tried working her in company without blinkers on the grass the other day and she seemed to relax and respond late in the work, so we decided to go for this. But, actually it made me a little nervous because she'd been so successful with the blinkers."

It was Super High's third win in four starts on the turf, the loss coming in the San Clemente. Overall, she has five wins in 10 career outings and the $75,000 purse improved her bankroll to more tha $350,000.

Super High paid $6.20, $3.60 and $2. Stetson's Lady was second and returned $7.80 and $4.60. Elaine's Angel was third and paid $3.80.

(Chart, Equibase)