11/09/2014 8:54PM

More Complexity captures Betty Grable Stakes

Benoit & Associates
Mario Gutierrez guides More Complexity to a half-length victory in the Betty Grable Stakes.

DEL MAR, Calif. – Ed Freeman went surfing in the morning, and rode a big wave in the afternoon. His trainee More Complexity, facing elders in a stakes race for the first time, rallied to win the $100,750 Betty Grable Stakes for California-bred female sprinters at Del Mar.

 More Complexity ($9.20) was caught in traffic on the turn, so jockey Mario Gutierrez eased her back and then followed Sweet Marini, who had launched a bid four paths wide on the turn. Once turning into the lane, More Complexity came around Sweet Marini and wore her down to win by a half-length.

 More Complexity completed seven furlongs on Polytrack in 1:22.51.

 Warren’s Veneda came with a late run to claim third, a nose behind Sweet Marini, who was interfered with at the start by Tribal Gal.

 Tribal Gal, the 5-2 favorite, set the pace after veering in sharply at the start from her outside post but faded to finish eighth in the nine-horse field. Tribal Gal, who began in post 9, was in front of the number 5 stall by the time she was straightened up.

 Freeman lives a half-hour north of the track in Oceanside, and trains inland from Oceanside at San Luis Rey Downs for Paul Reddam, the owner and breeder of More Complexity.

 “This was a good day. Surf in the morning, win in the afternoon,” Freeman said.

 More Complexity, 3, is a daughter of Reddam’s stallion Square Eddie. She has now won three times in her last four starts. She won a first-level allowance sprint here in August, and most recently won a downhill turf sprint at Santa Anita on Sept. 26.

 “This was six or seven weeks since her last race. The timing was perfect,” Freeman said. “She’s always loved this track. We were pointing for this race. Rather than rush her into something, we decided to take our time and try to win this. If we had gotten beat it would have been a silly idea, but now it looks all right.”

 More Complexity has now won 4 of 10 starts, and the $57,000 she earned Sunday brought her career earnings to $214,970.

tommy More than 1 year ago
I will quit horse racing and will only play kentucky derby since Churchill downs is the only honest track!!! I had one race in woodbine which clement horse ( the 3) won and the 2 was too late to close to get first. If you say the 3 is the loser, he won race same way bayern did at breeders cup. Also this race at Delmar I hit and was expecti 100 exacta for 1 dollar since the top 3 favorites were out of the exacta. In Churchill downs I hit one exacta with both horses 3-1 paid as much as this exacta with the long shots winning
. More than 1 year ago
you must have been babied as a child.
Robynrokn More than 1 year ago
What woodbine race were you watching? Get help.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Well you are right about the payouts being rigged. See what happens is the track officials put up the tote payout prices based soley on what they want to pay. And whenever you see 'BIg payouts' listed, it just means that its a fictitious number and no one actually had it. If somebody does actually have a winner ticket on some longshots, then the payout price is small. See the track generally keeps 80% of the money bet in. Sheep think its just the 20% takeout advertised, but thats just a story.
John Stevelberg More than 1 year ago
There u go again. U never have any facts just throw it out there and now you have found a kindred soul. Obviously your elevator just doesn't make it to the top floor.
Bill More than 1 year ago
In case you didn't notice the filly that won was bet down to second favorite. You might want to pay closer attention before you start spouting off and quit. Even though we will all miss you very much. Go on the Del Mar site or Equibase and get the results charts. It tells you the final odds when they come out of the gate.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Congratulations to More Complexity and her connections on this victory! I applaud Mr. and Mrs. Reddam for supporting their stallion, Square Eddie, in such a big way. He's definitely producing runners. And the Reddams are providing them. Similar to the Ramsey's with their stallion, Kitten's Joy. The Reddam's live in California, their stallion is based in California, and they're producing California-bred racehorses. All good for the state's racing program.