11/22/2014 7:46PM

Three Hearts wakes up at big price in Red Carpet

Benoit & Associates
Three Hearts, making her first start for trainer Neil Drysdale, pays $61.40 for her win in the Red Carpet with Joe Talamo aboard.

DEL MAR, Calif.- A move to the West Coast this fall has made a stakes winner of Three Hearts, the upset winner of Saturday’s $101,500 Red Carpet Handicap at Del Mar.

The 4-year-old Three Hearts ($61.40) had lost stakes in New York, New Jersey, and Virginia earlier in her career, but was the sharp winner of the Red Carpet Handicap over 1 3/8 miles on turf in her first start for trainer Neil Drysdale.

The Grade 3 Red Carpet Handicap marked the first time that jockey Joe Talamo had ridden Three Hearts.

“I didn’t know much about her,” Talamo said. “I watched a few of her replays. Neil told me a bit about her. He told me to ride her with a lot of confidence.”

Talamo had Three Hearts in a stalking position for the first mile of the race, running in fifth behind early pacesetter Luscious Lonna and later Bee Brave. Three Hearts took the lead in early stretch and won by a half-length over Lady of Gold. Three Hearts was timed in 2:15.54.

 “I was able to save ground,” Talamo said. “I was loaded the whole way. She wasn’t really tired.”

Drysdale made a notable equipment change for the Red Carpet Handicap. Three Hearts raced without blinkers for the first time on Saturday.

Lady of Gold, a 13-1 shot, finished a neck in front of 7-2 Lady Pimpernel, who closed well through traffic to finish three-quarters of a length behind the winner. Scooter Bird was fourth, followed by Winning Rhythm, Appealing Cat, Left a Message, Hijra, Bee Brave, Mondernstone, and Luscious Lonna. Appealing Cat was the 5-2 favorite and raced in traffic in early stretch.

Three Hearts races for the Team Valor International partnership. Previously trained by Graham Motion and Rick Meetee, Three Hearts was third in the Grade 3 Virginia Oaks at Colonial Downs in 2013. The Red Carpet Handicap was the fourth start of the year for Three Hearts, and her first in a stakes. She was fourth in an optional claimer at Saratoga on Sept. 1, and joined Drysdale’s stable later that month.

Three Hearts, by Hat Trick, has won 3 of 14 starts and earned $192,249.

The Red Carpet Handicap was previously run as the Beverly Hills Handicap at Hollywood Park, which closed last December.