Santa Margarita Invitational H. (G1)

Race 8 at Santa Anita Park on March 14, 2009

  • Grade I
  • One And One Eighth Miles
  • All Weather Track
  • $300,000
  • 4 yo's & up Fillies and Mares
  • 8:00 PM
  • 1:48.71
Payoffs
  Life Is Sweet $4.00 $2.60 $2.10
  Santa Teresita $3.20 $2.40
  Model $2.20
$2 Exacta (2-6) $12.80
$2 Trifecta (2-6-7) $26.20
Order of Finish
1

Life Is Sweet

Storm Cat  – Sweet Life

4YO

$180,000
  • J:Garrett K. Gomez
  • T:John A. Shirreffs
  • B:Mr. & Mrs. Martin J. Wygod
  • O:Pam & Martin Wygod
  • Margin:
  • TrueNicks: A++
  • Sire: Storm Cat , Dark Bay or Brown, 1983. Lifetime: 462 yearlings sold, median $325,000.
  • Broodmare Sire: Kris S. , Dark Bay or Brown, 1977.
2

Santa Teresita

Lemon Drop Kid  – Sweet Gold

5YO

$60,000
  • J:Joseph Talamo
  • T:Eric J. Guillot
  • B:Stonerside Stable & Westwind Farms
  • O:Southern Equine Stable, LLC
  • Margin:
  • TrueNicks: A+
  • Sire: Lemon Drop Kid , Bay, 1996. Lifetime: 694 yearlings sold, median $65,000.
  • Broodmare Sire: Gilded Time , Chestnut, 1990.
  • Sale History: 2005 KEESEP, $22,000; 2012 FTKNOV, $1,750,000.
3

Model

Giant's Causeway  – Snowfire (GB)

5YO

$36,000
  • J:Joel Rosario
  • T:Neil D. Drysdale
  • B:Neil Jones
  • O:Abergwaun Farm
  • Margin:neck
  • TrueNicks: A++
  • Sire: Giant's Causeway , Chestnut, 1997. Lifetime: 984 yearlings sold, median $140,342.
  • Broodmare Sire: Machiavellian , Dark Bay or Brown, 1987.
4

Magical Fantasy

Diesis (GB)  – Kissing Gate

4YO

$18,000
  • J:Alex O. Solis
  • T:Patrick Gallagher
  • B:Rodes S. Parrish & Charles Beach IV
  • O:Bienstock & Winner Stables or Mandabach
5

Modification

Vindication  – Swift Alliance

4YO

$6,000
  • J:Tyler Baze
  • T:Doug F. O'Neill
  • B:Robert Raphaelson & New Dawn Stud
  • O:Reddam & Schlesinger
6

Forest Melody

Forest Camp  – As We Sing

5YO

  • J:Mike E. Smith
  • T:Paula S. Capestro
  • B:Russell B. Jones Jr.
  • O:Capestro & R Man Racing Stables
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