11/02/2014 8:09PM

Filimbi scores in roughly run Goldikova


ARCADIA, Calif. - Filimbi won her first graded stakes in Sunday’s $200,750 Goldikova Stakes for female turf milers at Santa Anita, a performance that could be foreshadowing of her status in the division in 2015.

Filimbi ($5.20) closed from last in a field of eight under jockey Joel Rosario to win the Grade 2 Goldikova Stakes by 1 1/4 lengths over 11-1 Emotional Kitten. Filimbi was timed in 1:34.13.

A 4-year-old, Filimbi avoided the trouble that plagued the second through fifth-place finishers and resulted in a double disqualification. After an eight-minute review, stewards Scott Chaney, Kim Sawyer, and Tom Ward disqualified Emotional Kitten from second to fourth, and disqualified I’m Already Sexy from fourth to fifth for causing interference in the final sixteenth when racing in tight quarters with rivals.

As a result, the revised order of finish for the second through fifth place finishers was Stratnhaver (promoted from third to second), Wall of Sound (promoted from fourth to third), Emotional Kitten,  and I’m Already Sexy. Rhagori finished sixth, followed by Pontchatrain and Legacy.

Filimbi is likely to stay in training, according to Teddy Grimthorpe, manager of Juddmonte Farms. He said a decision on her future will be made this winter.

“She’s shown she’s a major talent,” Grimthorpe said.

Filimbi, trained by Bill Mott, was 5 1/2 lengths behind leader Legacy after a half-mile in 46.46 seconds. She was still last with a quarter-mile remaining, but closed quickly under Rosario in the stretch to reach the front with time to spare.

Filimbi is by Mizzen Mast out of Flute, who won the Kentucky Oaks and Alabama Stakes for Juddmonte Farms and the late Hall of Fame trainer Bobby Frankel. Filimbi has won 6 of 13 starts and earned $386,263.

Filimbi began her career in France,  where she was a minor stakes winner last November. She joined Mott’s stable over the winter and has won 3 of 6 starts this year, including the restricted De La Rose Stakes at Saratoga in August.