Fast and Shiny recorded an upset win from the front in Sunday’s $100,000 Angels Flight Stakes for 3-year-old fillies on turf at Santa Anita.
Fast and Shiny, by Bernardini, has won 3 of 7 starts and earned $193,700 for owners Mike Pegram, Karl Watson and Paul Weitman and trainer Bob Baffert.
The Angels Flight was Fast and Shiny’s fourth appearance in a stakes. She was third in the Grade 3 Santa Ynez Stakes at seven furlongs on dirt in her first start of the year on Jan. 8 and won an allowance race on dirt on Feb. 19.
Bred by Douglas Scharbauer, Fast and Shiny was foaled at Hidden Brook Farm and is the third Stakes winner on the weekend foaled on the historic Paris, Kentucky property. Among the others is another Scharbauer bred, Santa Fe Gold, who romped in the $100,000 TTA Oaks by 8 1/4 lengths. Fast and Shiny was also sold by Hidden Brook Farm at the 2021 Keeneland September sale.
Abdel Cedillo rode Fast and Shiny for the first time in the Angels Flight Stakes at about 6 1/2 furlongs on the hillside turf course, the filly’s first career stakes win. He had Fast and Shiny in front by a half-length over 3-1 Teena Ella through an opening quarter-mile in 22.38 seconds and in front by a length over that rival after a half-mile in 44.56.
Fast and Shiny led by a length over Teena Ella with a furlong remaining and won by a half-length, finishing in 1:13.19.
“No one followed me and I stole the race,” Cedillo said.
Teena Ella, who is out of the Hall of Fame mare Beholder, finished 1 1/2 lengths in front of 9-10 favorite Manhattan Jungle. The stewards conducted an inquiry into an incident in which Teena Ella drifted out when she crossed from the hillside course to the main turf oval, forcing Manhattan Jungle to race wide. There was no change to the order of finish.