06/15/2013 6:19PM

Hollywood Park: Sprouts shows growth in Cinderella Stakes

Benoit & Associates
Sprouts and jockey Mario Gutierrez won the Cinderella Stakes to give trainer Edward Freeman his first stakes win in Southern California.

INGLEWOOD, Calif. – Sprouts won the first stakes of the year for 2-year-old fillies in Southern California in Saturday’s $100,250 Cinderella, a milestone win for trainer Edward Freeman.

Freeman, 53, won his first stakes in Southern California with Sprouts, who became the first stakes winner for her stallion, Square Eddie.

Ridden by Mario Gutierrez for Paul and Zillah Reddam – the jockey and owners who won the 2012 Kentucky Derby with I’ll Have Another – Sprouts ($8) won the Cinderella by 3 1/2 lengths over Pleasant Miss, a 5-2 shot, with Time for Angie third.

Sprouts was the most experienced filly in the field of six, having finished fifth and first in maiden races for California-breds earlier this spring. The other runners each had started once or were making their first start in the Cinderella.

Sprouts had an ideal trip in the 5 1/2-furlong Cinderella. Breaking from the outside, Sprouts was third for the first quarter-mile, rallied three wide on the turn, and pulled clear in the final furlong.

“You knew on the turn she was winning,” Paul Reddam said.

Sprouts was timed in 1:05.45. On the Backstreets, the even-money favorite, finished fourth. On the Backstreets disputed the pace with Pleasant Miss for the first half-mile before fading and finishing 10 3/4 lengths behind Sprouts. La Madera and Pay the Debt completed the order of finish.

Freeman, who had won stakes at Santa Rosa, Fort Erie, and Birmingham, Ala., said he was confident in Sprouts, considering her win in a maiden race for California-bred fillies May 16.

“Paul asked me before the race, ‘Are you nervous?’ ” Freeman said. “I said, ‘The others should be nervous.’ She’s so tactical. He can take her back, and she can sit.”

The win was worth $60,000 and improved Sprouts’s career earnings to $92,240. Sprouts is a candidate for the $100,000 CTBA Stakes for California-bred 2-year-old fillies over 5 1/2 furlongs at Del Mar on July 19.

JoyJackson21 More than 1 year ago
I like Sprouts! She ran & won a very fine Princess Stakes Saturday. Mario Gutierrez smartly rated her off the pace until the top of the stretch, then swung her out for the drive, to which she responded excellently. Congratulations to Sprouts, who has a promising future, to Mario Gutierrez on his excellent performance, and the connections of Sprouts. First time out Stakes winners tend to run in this owner's stable of horses. I hope we see lots of marvelous things in the future with Sprouts.
Jordan More than 1 year ago
Sprouts is a very sharp, smart looking filly, but she is so tiny and delicate.
Susan Huart More than 1 year ago
Lol. I thought so as well.
Jim Fields More than 1 year ago
where is tyler baze????
Jordan More than 1 year ago
He failed an alcohol test and is off mounts for a while.
Dick More than 1 year ago
Mario, is so tough to pass in the stretch. I wonder why he doesn't get better mounts???
Susan Huart More than 1 year ago
Seriously. Mario is a very good jockey when he's got something special under him. Very composed and professional.
JoyJackson21 More than 1 year ago
Mario is an excellent jockey. More excellent mounts will come his way with time. He & his agent just have to convince more owners to take a chance on him like Paul Reddam did with I'll Have Another. There are other jockeys ahead of him on the "to-get" wish list for owners in California, including Gary Stevens & Mike Smith. Mario will break through that barrier soon. Besides, horses the caliber of I'll Have Another are hard to come by, no matter what coast you're talking about. Mario had the great good fortune to ride the absolute best when it comes to horses right off the bat in his American racing career. It's hard to duplicate that kind of success so soon in a racing career in the States.
Susan Huart More than 1 year ago
Hi Joy! The Cali jockeys are dropping like flies, lol! (Gomez, TBaze) I read your note in IMLD. Mike S pulled him up just as he came up on V. Sure hope it's nothing serious. I'm a local fan, so I'm praying he is ok ;-(
Susan Huart More than 1 year ago
Nice little filly and a nice ride by Mario. Congrats to Sprouts and all the connections.