Birdie Gold training for the Breeders' Cup Filly & Mare Turf at Del Mar

Birdie Gold training for the Breeders' Cup Filly & Mare Turf at Del Mar

Anne M. Eberhardt

Birdie Gold Earns Quick Return in Red Carpet

Birdstone filly is back racing after a run in the Breeders' Cup Filly & Mare Turf.

Trainer Gary Mandella did not plan on running Teneri Farm's homebred Birdie Gold so soon after she made her U.S. debut Nov. 4 in the Breeders' Cup Filly & Mare Turf (G1T).

But with limited opportunities to go long on the grass and after observing positive signs during morning training, Mandella decided to run her back 19 days later in the $100,000 Red Carpet Handicap (G3T) Nov. 23 at Del Mar.

The trainer said the 3-year-old Birdstone  filly convinced him to make the move with her :48 2/5 workout Nov. 18 at Del Mar, her first timed drill since a 12th-place finish in the Filly & Mare Turf.

"It was certainly not something I had planned," Mandella said of the Peruvian group 1 winner's entry in the Red Carpet. "I didn't expect her to come out of the Breeders' Cup as well as she has. And once I absorbed that, you have to admit that there aren't opportunities (for fillies) very often at this distance that are graded."

Last year's Red Carpet winner, Nuovo Record, also came into the race off of a relatively non-competitive run in the Filly & Mare Turf.

The 1 3/8-mile turf test drew 14 entries, including multiple graded stakes-placed East Coast invaders Galileo's Song and Lottie looking for a breakthrough.

Both have placed in two of their three graded tries. Dell Ridge Farm's Galileo's Song, a daughter of Galileo (IRE) trained by Chad Brown, finished second last time out in the Long Island Handicap (G3T) at Aqueduct Racetrack and also was the runner-up in the Boiling Springs Stakes (G3T) at Monmouth Park in 2016. Jack Swain III's homebred Lottie, an Arch filly trained by Graham Motion, came in third last time out in the Rood & Riddle Dowager Stakes (G3T) at Keeneland and was just a half-length back three starts back, when she finished second in the Fasig-Tipton Waya Stakes (G3T) at Saratoga Race Course.

Another multiple graded stakes-placed contender is Team Valor International's Responsibleforlove, who was an also-eligible for the Filly & Mare Turf, but did not draw in. The Duke of Marmalade filly finished third in the Rodeo Drive Stakes (G1T) last time out at Santa Anita Park and also placed in the Santa Barbara Stakes (G3T) earlier this season.

Entries: Red Carpet H. (G3T)

Del Mar, Thursday, November 23, 2017, Race 6

  • Grade IIIT
  • 1 3/8m
  • Turf
  • $100,000
  • 3 yo's & up Fillies and Mares
  • 1:30 PM (local)
PPHorseJockeyWgtTrainerM/L
11Laseen (IRE)Tiago Josue Pereira117James M. Cassidy12/1
22Dynamic Mizzes K (KY)Gary L. Stevens116Mark Glatt15/1
33Evo Campo (IRE)Rafael Bejarano122Patrick Gallagher4/1
44Victress (KY)Keeneland Sales GraduateStewart Elliott116Robert Gilker30/1
55La Manta Gris (KY)Keeneland Sales GraduateKent J. Desormeaux114George R. Arnold, II15/1
66Kiss Me Now (BRZ)Brice Blanc117Paulo H. Lobo20/1
77Responsibleforlove (IRE)Joseph Talamo121Neil D. Drysdale7/2
88Do the Dance (KY)Keeneland Sales GraduateTyler Baze117Gary Sherlock20/1
989Galileo's Song (IRE)Keeneland Sales GraduateSCRATCHED0UNKNOWN-
910Earring (KY)Drayden Van Dyke117Thomas F. Proctor6/1
1011Birdie Gold (KY)Mario Gutierrez117Gary Mandella15/1
1112Domestic Vintage (KY)Keeneland Sales GraduateKyle Frey113Neil D. Drysdale30/1
1213How Unusual (CA)Corey S. Nakatani118Michael Pender6/1
1314Lottie (KY)Flavien Prat119H. Graham Motion9/2