01/27/2013 6:28PM

Santa Anita: Las Flores likely next for Teddy's Promise

Shigeki Kikkawa
The May 4 Humana Distaff at Churchill Downs is a long-term possibility for Teddy's Promise.

Teddy’s Promise, the winner of the $250,000 Santa Monica Stakes on Saturday at Santa Anita, is likely to have one more start at the meeting, in the $100,000 Las Flores Stakes over 6 1/2 furlongs on March 10.

Trainer Ron Ellis said that Teddy’s Promise has the Breeders’ Cup Filly and Mare Sprint in November as a long-term goal. She was eighth in the2012 BC Filly and Mare Sprint. Before Saturday’s race, there were discussions between owners Ted and Judy Nichols and Ellis about retiring Teddy’s Promise.

“I think the plan is to keep her in training,” Ellis said. “We’ll space her races.”

Ellis mentioned the $300,000 Humana Distaff for fillies and mares over seven furlongs at Churchill Downs on May 4 as a possibility for Teddy’s Promise.

In the Santa Monica Stakes, Teddy’s Promise won by three lengths under jockey Victor Espinoza after stalking the early pace. A 5-year-old mare by Salt Lake, Teddy’s Promise has won 8 of 21 starts and $634,981.

“The last couple of race she’s relaxed for Victor,” Ellis said. “It looks like she has turned the corner.”

The Las Flores may also draw Shumoos, who won an allowance race over six furlongs last Friday. Owned by Fawzi Nass, Shumoos was second in the 2011 BC Juvenile Sprint at Churchill Downs but did not start in 2012.

“I thought she was 70 percent the other day,” trainer Ben Cecil said. “I had to find out where we were.”


Eric Rickard More than 1 year ago
I remember Jim as I called him 25 years ago at the old horseshoe Bar.
Mack More than 1 year ago
John More than 1 year ago
Jimmy was always just one of the guys in the Santa Anita upper clubhouse area, if you were broke you could always get a last $20 out of Jimmy, just a decent guy ! Nola and Mikes bar, Joe the seller at the big window($50).....Barbara at the coffee stand, it was one big family, a real gathering every weekend. Racing doesnt realize, by poorly treating their core fans like Jimmy, this game will never refresh with new blood. Who do you think touts the game more than people like Jimmy and the rest of us , "dying breed" Bad bad publicity Santa Anita, we knew you when you were one of us !
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
How the F does Jimmy The Hat have anything to do with this article?
Allen Payne More than 1 year ago
Agree with Csun ......"The Hat " has pumped more dollars thru the windows / terminals ; big supporter of racing ; he also cashed a lot of BIG tickets ; To bad Damon Runyon is not alive he could write a great story about Jimmy " The Hat "........Jimmy deserves the best ....
Csun More than 1 year ago
Why was the icon, Jimmy "The Hat" Allard, removed from his table at The Frontrunner? He deserves the best table in the house at SA. Huge tipper, lots of great ideas and avid supporter of California racing. Things haven't been the same since Big Vern left, but The Hat and his crew deserve better.
Kendra Mcallister More than 1 year ago
who cares, i'm just hoping B.D.A.C. DOESN'T give his mare another Bowed tendon by over training her mile and a half
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Because there were no tables and he doesn't tip!
Randy Baker More than 1 year ago
He was warned many times about his potty mouth offending other customers and they finally did something about it.