01/03/2015 8:13PM

Seduire proves to be uncatchable in Santa Ynez

Benoit & Associates
Seduire, ridden by Rafael Bejarano, wins the Grade 2 Santa Ynez for 3-year-old fillies.

ARCADIA, Calif. - A simple strategy from jockey Rafael Bejarano gave Seduire her third career stakes win in Saturday’s $201,000 Santa Ynez Stakes for 3-year-old fillies at Santa Anita.

Starting from the inside post in a field of nine, Seduire showed her customary speed, and led throughout the Grade 2 race over 6 1/2 furlongs. The rail was a favorable place to be on Saturday, and the shortest route around the track worked in favor of Seduire, who races for Regis Racing and trainer Jerry Hollendorfer.

“I tried to put her in the race,” Bejarano said. “She broke sharp and I went from there.”

Seduire set early fractions of 21.76 seconds for the opening quarter-mile and 44.25 for a half-mile, leading narrowly over Xoxo on the turn. Seduire pulled away in early stretch and won by 2 1/4 lengths over 17-1 Callback, who closed from fifth in a field of nine.

Xoxo finished third, followed by Lady Lake, Light the City, Hennythelovepenny, Morning Coffee, Rattataptap, and Conquest Harlanate.

Seduire was timed in 1:15.27.

“I wanted to get her to relax a bit,” Bejarano said. “We went fast in the beginning, but it felt relaxed.”

Seduire has won 4 of 7 starts and $262,200. Last year, she won the Wine Country Debutante at Santa Rosa in August and the Golden Gate Debutante on Nov. 29. The Grade 2 Santa Ynez was Seduire’s fourth stakes appearance in Southern California and first win. She was second in the Landaluce Stakes last June and the Anoakia Stakes in October.


Capo Capo More than 1 year ago
Canadian Bred isn't she? Wonder if she is Kentucky Oaks material.
mark More than 1 year ago
The best trainer on the grounds off to an incredible start for 2015. And his horses are paying insanely generous prices at the windows. I love it. I don't bet horses anymore! I bet the trainers, and the money trainers at Santa Anita are: Hollendorfer, Miller, Baffert, and Canadian invader Mark Casse. I also have done well with Mike Puype, AC Avilla and Vann Belvoir. Keep it up boys! And shoutout to Danny Ward, Jerry's amazing assistant trainer. When he goes on his own , watch out!
tommy More than 1 year ago
Amazing filly better than take charge Brandi!