From DMTC Publicity
DEL MAR, Calif. (Nov. 23, 2017) — Masterfully-ridden by jockey Corey Nakatani, longshot California-bred How Unusual spurted between horses at the top of the stretch to enter contention and outfinished 2-1 favored Responsibleforlove in the final sixteenth to win the featured Grade III $100,000 Red Carpet Handicap on Thanksgiving holiday Thursday at Del Mar.
How Unusual, sent to the gate at 9-1 for the mile and three-eighths grass marathon, was outrun in the early stages, but showed an impressive turn of foot when cut loose by Nakatani to score by a half-length in 2:14.92 for the distance.
Responsibleforlove, with Joe Talamo in the saddle, was runner-up, a half-length in front of Laseen, with La Manta Gris fourth in the field of 12 older fillies and mares. Galileo’s Song and Lottie were withdrawn from the original field.
How Unusual, bred by Madeline Auerbach and Barry Abrams, owned by the partnership of Fetkin, Sill and St. Hilaire and trained by Mike Pender, scored her fifth victory in 19 outings and returned $21.80, $7.60 and $5 while earning first money of $60,000. The four-year-old filly now has a total bankroll of $302,367.
“She’s coming around, this filly,” said Pender. “Every race gets a little bit better than the one before. We bought her for a ham sandwich at the end of last summer (2016). We bought her for $80,000 privately from Madeline (Auerbach). We’re really happy with this filly and that was a great ride by Corey (Nakatani).”
Responsibleforlove paid $3.20 and $3.20, while Laseen returned $6.40 to show.
There were no perfect tickets in Thursday’s Pick Six, so Friday’s card will have a carryover of $49,099.
Friday’s program features the Grade II $200,000 Hollywood Turf Cup for older horses at a mile and one-half on the grass. Post time for the first of eight races is 12:30 p.m.