Masterfully ridden by jockey Corey Nakatani, longshot How Unusual spurted between horses at the top of the stretch to enter contention and outfinished 2-1 favorite Responsibleforlove in the final sixteenth to win the $100,000 Red Carpet Handicap (G3T) Nov. 23 at Del Mar.
How Unusual, off at 9-1 for the 1 3/8-mile grass test, was outrun in the early stages, but showed an impressive turn of foot when cut loose by Nakatani to score by a half-length in 2:14.92 for the distance.
How Unusual, owned by the partnership of Fetkin, Sill, and St. Hilaire, and trained by Mike Pender, scored her fifth victory in 19 outings and returned $21.80, $7.60, and $5. The four-year-old Unusual Heat filly now has a total bankroll of $302,367.
"Mike and I talked, and we both agreed that there was only one way to go with her--to take her back, get her to settle and into a nice rhythm and then make that late run," Nakatani said. "I thought sure she'd handle the distance and she did. She's a nice filly."
Responsibleforlove paid $3.20 and $3.20, while Laseen returned $6.40 to show.