12/04/2016 8:26PM

Fast and Foxy uses speed to score in Bear Fan

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The 6-year-old mare Fast and Foxy, ridden by Catalino Martinez, wins the Bear Fan by 4 1/2 lengths.

There’s not much strategy involved when Fast and Foxy runs, but what little strategy there is paid off in her first career stakes win Sunday when she romped to a front-running 4 1/2-length victory in the $75,225 Bear Fan at Golden Gate Fields.

Fast and Foxy ($14,60) is definitely fast, and she easily cleared her five rivals in the six-furlong stakes for California-bred fillies and mares. She quickly left potential pace rival Plane Lucky in the dust after breaking on top of the field.

She led favored Toomuchisnotenough by a length through a 22.26-second opening quarter-mile and by 11/2 lengths through a 44.98 opening half mile.

Toomuchisnotenough, making her first start since winning the California Governor’s Cup at the California State Fair on July 23, began to tire, and Fast and Foxy simply extended her lead in the lane, finishing well ahead of Light One, who held off Desert Steel by a nose for second. The winning time was 1:09.48.

“She loves training and likes to run,” said winning trainer Holly Evans, who owns the 6-year-old Thisnearlywasmine mare with breeder Joe Daehling.

Fast and Foxy also loves Golden Gate Fields, where she scored her 12th victory in 30 starts.

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“I noticed she only went 22 in her opening quarter, and she’s capable of going faster,” said Evans. “It’s okay if others challenge her, but she doesn’t like you to take hold of her.”

All jockey Catalino Martinez had to do was simply hold on.

The victory was worth $45,000, increasing her career earnings to $341,300.