Village News Reporter
San Luis Rey Training Center fillies swept the top three finishes in the first race July 23 at the Del Mar Thoroughbred Club.
Anybody’s Choice, who was trained by Adam Kitchingman, won the six-furlong dirt race for three-year-old fillies who had not won two races since April 23. Anybody’s Choice finished 3 3/4 lengths ahead of second-place She’s Resilient, who was trained by George Papaprodromou and beat third-place Silver Lightening by half a length.
“She ran really good. There were a couple of tough horses in there,” Kitchingman said.
The race included six horses. Anybody’s Choice, who was ridden by Jose Valdivia, had the outside post position. She’s Resilient and jockey Umberto Rispoli started from the fourth post position. Silver Lightening, who is trained by Doug O’Neill and was the mount of Antonio Fresu, began in the fifth post position.
Rispoli and She’s Resilient broke first with Just a Little Luck and Juan Hernandez being the second horse/jockey combination out of the gate, Anybody’s Choice and Valdivia breaking third, and Fresu and Silver Lightening leaving the gate fourth.
She’s Resilient became the first horse to cover a quarter of a mile 22.06 seconds after the start of the race. She led Anybody’s Choice by half a length, Just a Little Luck by 1 1/2 lengths, and Silver Lightening by two lengths.
The distance between She’s Resilient and Anybody’s Choice had increased to a full length after the first half a mile, which took She’s Resilient 45.64 seconds. Silver Lightening had moved into third and trailed Anybody’s Choice by one length.
Anybody’s Choice took over the lead prior to the stretch. She reached the stretch 58.07 seconds after the starter’s gate was opened and held a one-length lead over She’s Resilient, who was two lengths in front of Silver Lightening. Don’t Get Pickled had moved into fourth and trailed Silver Lightening by 2 1/2 lengths although Silver Lightening would finish 4 1 /4 lengths ahead of Don’t Get Pickled.
The winning time for Anybody’s Choice was 1:10.53. “She turned out to be a nice horse, so I’m real happy with her,” Kitchingman said.
A November 18 race at Del Mar won by San Luis Rey filly Pleasant Wave was the first race for Anybody’s Choice, who was fourth in that five-furlong turf race. The next five races for Anybody’s Choice were at Santa Anita Park. She finished third January 2 and February 10 and second March 5 before breaking her maiden with a 3 1/2-length victory in a six-furlong dirt race April 28. Her June 18 race was on the turf, and she finished ninth 11 1/4 lengths behind the winner.
“San Luis Rey, the training center there, is really one of the best training centers in the country,” Kitchingman said. “San Luis Rey is really a good training facility.”
The July 23 race was a claiming race. Both Anthony’s Choice and She’s Resilient were claimed for $40,000 apiece.
“Happy to win a race, but sad to lose her,” Kitchingman said. “Hopefully she goes on and does well.”