11/09/2014 7:54PM

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.