04/20/2013 5:46PM

Santa Anita: Lady of Shamrock promoted to first in Santa Barbara

Benoit & Associates
Lady of Shamrock couldn't catch pacesetter Viva Carina in the Santa Barbara but was promoted to first when the stewards ruled Viva Carina had come in on her.

ARCADIA, Calif. - Lady of Shamrock won Saturday’s $150,000 Santa Barbara Handicap at Santa Anita in the stewards' room.

After finishing second by 1 1/2 lengths to pacesetter Viva Carina, Lady of Shamrock was put up to first when the stewards reversed the order of finish, ruling that Viva Carina drifted to the inside in the final furlong and interfered with Lady of Shamrock.

Viva Carina was an 8-1 shot; Lady of Shamrock was favored and paid $2.60. Viva Carina ran 1 1/4 miles on turf in 2:00.91.

Lady of Shamrock, the winner of two Grade 1 stakes for 3-year-old fillies last year, was last in the field of five for the first six furlongs. She was well behind Viva Carina, who set a slow pace of 49.98 seconds for the half-mile and 1:14.41 for six furlongs.

Ridden by Rafael Bejarano, Lady of Shamrock closed along the rail to reach contention in the stretch. She was within a length of Viva Carina with a furlong remaining when the leader drifted to the inside under right-handed urging from jockey Victor Espinoza. Lady of Shamrock took up, but was able to salvage second, finishing a length in front of Caelis. The Only Key and Double Ante completed the order of finish.

The stewards reviewed video for five minutes before announcing the disqualification.

“He had her rolling and it looked like she would have gotten there,” winning trainer John Sadler said of Lady of Shamrock.

A filly by Scat Daddy, Lady of Shamrock has been second under the wire in her first two starts of this year. She was runner-up to Tiz Fliratious in the Grade 2 Santa Ana Stakes here in March.

Owned by Kosta Hronis, Lady of Shamrock is a six-time stakes winner who has won 7 of 13 starts and $825,400.

Sadler said that Lady of Shamrock will be pointed for the $250,000 Gamely Stakes over 1 1/8 miles on turf at Betfair Hollywood Park on May 27.

Mick More than 1 year ago
Absolutely the right decision by the Stewards. Lady of Shamrock clearly the best today.
MD23 More than 1 year ago
My view of it is the horse should have been DQ'd. I think the stewards made a good call. LOS was MUCH the best that race and if Victor's horse stayed straight the whole way, LOS would have gone right through down on the rail with no problem. AT THE SAME TIME, I think Bejarao had PLENTY of room to swing out at the vicinity of the eight pole, right when they turned for home. He knew he had beat the other 3 horses in the race. Why did he need to try to risk going up the rail? But, a win's a win. I think YOU ALL can agree LOS was much the best filly and would have won. Victor after the race said that there was no way that LOS would have beaten his horse. I think that's B.S.
Jerome Moynihan More than 1 year ago
Victor is a rider who means bsiness.he was busy giving his mare the business right-handed and with extreme vigor. it looked to me like he was hitting her with the bat-end of his stick! At any rate his number came justifiably down. He could have got someone hurt,and so should miss at least a week at Hollywood
Hello Dusty More than 1 year ago
Think the Jock on the inside might might have seen his hart puke he was in the hole and on even terms took a chance on coming through got in a little tight and fear made him check not pushed into the rail but speculated on no guts and what might have happend in horse racing if the head and nek is in the hole drive too the wire show some ball's
Tom Fritzsche More than 1 year ago
zerosumzen More than 1 year ago
Pretty lenient by the stewards to demote Esponiza only to second. Should have been a DQ.
AZ Wildcat More than 1 year ago
He always has something going on, like that ride on Dude - what part of get him to the front was hard to understand? Then watch next race when Mike Smith does what he has to do to get him up front, including hip-checking Nonios right out of the way. I have watched him ride since his days at CD and he just disappears when the big races come around. Eddie Makdonado schools him regularly.
zerosumzen More than 1 year ago
I don't see how you could find any fault with Bejarano's ride on Lady of Shamrock. The bad rider in this case was Espinoza.
Betting2Place More than 1 year ago
It's not Rafael's fault he got pushed into the rail...Victor is famous for doing this...he likes to worry about other horses in the race more than his mount...I'm tired of this hack they need to give him atleast 7 days for this and maybe send him to Chris McCarron jockey school and learn how to be a real jockey
AZ Wildcat More than 1 year ago
Rafael Bejarano proves once again he has no business riding in big races. There is a reason he doesn't have a Derby mount.
chad mc rory More than 1 year ago
So right! He damn near got two nice fillies hurt. 2 to 5 the phone rang off the hook in the Stewards' booth. And no, I did not bet the race.
Brandon Layer More than 1 year ago
Nothing wrong with Bejarano's ride. There was plenty of room on the inside until Viva Carina came over three paths.
Jorge More than 1 year ago
he does have a Derby mount.
RockaFelter21 More than 1 year ago
huh? overanalyze?