September Grad Laura's Light Turns It On Again in G2 San Clemente S.

Sunday, July 26, 2020

As much as five Breeders' Cup victories - either in the Sprint (G1) or Turf Sprint (G1) - have given trainer Peter Miller a keen reputation for developing fast, one-turn horses, Laura's Light is doing her best to show he's pretty adept with two-turn horses as well.

As much as five Breeders' Cup victories—either in the Sprint (G1) or Turf Sprint (G1T)—have given trainer Peter Miller a keen reputation for developing fast, one-turn horses, Laura's Light is doing her best to show he's pretty adept with two-turn horses as well.

A daughter of Constitution owned by Gary Barber, Laura's Light notched a second consecutive graded stakes win around two turns as she took charge turning into the stretch and drew away to a three-quarter-length victory in the $152,500 San Clemente Stakes (G2T) for 3-year-old fillies July 25 at Del Mar.

The 3-year-old filly is a graduate of the Hidden Brook consignment at the 2018 Keeneland September Yearling auction. She now has career earnings of $304,370.



The win was the fifth in seven starts for Laura's Light, whose lone 2020 loss in four starts was a fourth-place finish on a synthetic surface in the March 14 Maxim Crane Works Bourbonette Oaks at Turfway Park in Kentucky. She was coming off a neck victory in the May 30 Honeymoon Stakes (G3T) at a 1 1/8-mile distance at Santa Anita Park.

She was bought by Barber and turned over to Miller after she won her Nov. 2 career debut at Golden Gate Fields for owner Scott Herbertson and trainer Jamey Thomas.

Cheermeister set the early pace in the one-mile San Clemente with Laura's Light two lengths behind in second through fractions of :22.46 and :46.15. Once jockey Abel Cedillo moved Laura's Light past the tiring pacesetter leaving the quarter pole, Laura's Light fended off a bid from Miller stablemate She's So Special and then had more than enough speed left to hold off late bids by Guitty and the California-bred Warren's Showtime.

"She's all heart and has been a really nice addition to the barn," said Miller, who captured the past three runnings of the Breeders' Cup Turf Sprint and is a two-time winner of the Breeders' Cup Sprint. "It was a great win, and I'm really proud of her and She's So Special."

She finished in 1:34.16 on firm turf and paid $4.40 to win as the 6-5 favorite in a field of 10.

Guitty, a Dunkerque filly owned by the Benowitz Family Trust, Madaket Stables, M. Mathiesen, and M. Powell and trained by Leonard Powell, finished a half-length in front of Benjamin and Sally Warren's Warren's Showtime. A daughter of Clubhouse Ride trained by Craig Lewis, Warren's Showtime was third by a nose over Eclipse Thoroughbred Partners' She's So Special.

Miller said the obvious target for Laura's Light would be the $250,000 Del Mar Oaks (G1T) at 1 1/8 miles Aug. 22.

- edited from www.bloodhorse.com