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2013 California Sunshine Millions Day

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Teddy's Promise wins the 2013 Santa Monica Stakes
Teddy's Promise horse racing

Teddy's Promise wins the 2013 Santa Monica Stakes at Santa Anita Park.

© Kelley Carlson
January 26, 2013

Sunshine Millions Day at Santa Anita was held on Saturday with 14,355 fans braving the damp cool conditions at the historic Arcadia oval. The highlight race on Saturday was the $250,000 Santa Monica Stakes (G1) for older fillies and mares sprinting 7 furlongs on the main track. Teddy's Promise, winner of the Kalookan Queen Stakes last out, was sent off as the 3-2 favorite in the field of 7 over 7-2 second choice Belle of the Hall, unraced since fourth in the Breeders' Cup Filly and Mare Sprint (G1), and 5-1 third choice Kindle, off her second place finish in the Monrovia Stakes (G2).

Jockey Edwin Maldonado sent Kindle to the lead exiting the chute and she set fractions of 22.66 and 45.69 while stalked by 11-2 fourth choice Distracting and favorite Teddy's Promise. Entering the lane, Kindle continued to lead through 3/4 in 1:09.73 but Teddy's Promise came out three wide and rallied to win by 3 lengths over late-running 11-1 Sugarinthemorning in 1:22.64 over the wet-fast sealed track. It was another 1/2 length back to pacesetter Kindle third.

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