03/10/2013 8:09PM

Santa Anita: Rumor keeps Mandella hot with Las Flores score

Benoit & Associates
Rumor (left), ridden by Mike Smith, pulls away from favored Teddy's Promise to win the Grade 3 Las Flores on Sunday.

ARCADIA, Calif. – Richard Mandella continued to play a hot hand at Santa Anita on Sunday when he sent out Rumor for a mild upset win in the Grade 3, $100,250 Las Flores Stakes for female sprinters, giving the Hall of Fame trainer his seventh win out of his last nine runners.

Always quick with a quip, Mandella said his recent success was because “some of these young guys thought I was buried, but I thought I’d show them.”

Rumor, finally earning her first stakes win, added to a strike rate of nearly 33 percent this meet for Mandella.

Rumor ($15), the third choice in a field of six, was fifth during the early going under Mike Smith, gradually advanced on the far turn, collared favored Teddy’s Promise inside the furlong pole and prevailed by a half-length in 1:15.44 for 6 1/2 furlongs on the fast main track.

It was another 6 1/2 lengths back to Shumoos, who was third. She was followed, in order, by Sugarinthemorning, Belle of the Hall, and Distracting.

“She ran great. She’s got a heart of gold,” said Mandella, who trains Rumor for Ramona Bass, Adele Dilschneider, and the Hancock family’s Claiborne Farm. “If she doesn’t run, there’s usually some sort of problem – sore feet, sore throat.”

In her prior race, Rumor was seventh of 11 in the Wishing Well Stakes on the hillside turf course on Feb. 10. That was her first start since finishing fifth in the Breeders’ Cup Filly and Mare Sprint.

“It didn’t look like she extended herself down the hill,” Mandella said.

Rumor, 5, has now won six times in 14 starts, and the $60,000 first prize on Sunday brought her bankroll to $384,438.

James Pugliese More than 1 year ago
All these comments are excellent!
Frank Leverone More than 1 year ago
Not having a wet-fast track and those 5 extra pounds sure made me suspect that Teddy's Promise might (emphasise might) get beat. Both horses ran very well.
Dave More than 1 year ago
Damn, I thought Belle of the Hall would be the one to come and get TP for Asmussen. Same setup as Rumor too. Both ran OK in the FM Sprint and had one unimpressive race since. 4-5 looked like lunacy on TP/Espinoza.
James Pugliese More than 1 year ago
Teddy's Promise best case scenario is as a stalker,not as a presser ,which she inherited after distracting and her got sideways out of gate and bumped ,effecting distracting's ability to contest for the lead.Teddys Promise broke great but I do not think Victor wanted his big filly as a presser to keep that little speedball(Shamoos) on a uncontested lead,but that's what happened! The horse was forced into extending that little bit of precious energy she needed to fend off Rumour.
Ceil Rock More than 1 year ago
Mike Smith said he was behind Teddy, and he didn't think she was running her race. Allen Jerkins once said they don't call it jockey racing - sometimes the other horse is just better on that particular day.
silver_charm More than 1 year ago
Such a great story that #horseracing trainer #Mandella is back on top of his game!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Im glad Rumor won but I think it was over confidence that cost Teddy's Promise the win. If Espinoza would of moved a little earlier and opened up in the stretch, the horse might of held on, but the way it went, Espinoza thought he had the race in the bag and just rode like he had it easy. Never aggressively riding the horse till he saw Rumor at his throatlatch and by then it was too late. Bad ride Victor!
RockaFelter21 More than 1 year ago
bad ride?????? too funny
Joel Ittner More than 1 year ago
Nicely done, Rumor...Good job, Papa