Sindy With an S took her time yesterday coming down the backstretch, but when it came time to go, the 3-year-old Broken Vow filly listened to jockey Jeremy Rose and made her move in midstretch before pulling away to win the Grade III $200,000 Safely Kept Stakes.
The Safely Kept is for 3-year-old fillies and run over six furlongs on Laurel Park's main, dirt track. The race is named for the first sprinter to have earned more than $2 million and the first Maryland-bred to win a Breeders' Cup race, the Sprint-G1 in 1990.
Yesterday's race attracted a seven-horse field, six of whom were out-of-towners who shipped in from as far away as California. That farthest shipper would be Sindy With an S, who met her jockey for the first time just before the race. Sindy With an S flew in from Southern California on Thursday, but her jockey helicoptered in from Delaware Park with Ticket to Seattle's jockey Kendrick Carmouche and trainer Steve Klesaris.
"She ran a real nice race," Rose said. "The trip was perfect. I just sat outside the speed after we broke. I knew Kendrick wanted to go to the front. I thought Ticket to Seattle would be the horse to beat, and I thought she had to work a little harder than Kendrick wanted her to to get the lead."
Sindy With an S went off as the betting favorite and crossed the finish line in 1 minute, 10.16 seconds. She paid $4.80, $3 and $2.20 and beat Ticket to Seattle by 3 1/4 lengths. Change Up, who was the morning line favorite, was third, 1 3/4 lengths farther back.
Changeisgonnacome, trained by Michael Trombetta, was the only local horse in the race. She finished sixth.
Rose was familiar with Ticket to Seattle, as she finished runner-up to Silmaril in her most recent race, the Grade III Endine Stakes at Delaware Park, in which Rose rode the winner.
"She ran a very good race, but she got beat by a better horse," said Carmouche, whose horse covered the first quarter mile in 21.85 and the second in 44.71. "I thought I had set pretty good fractions, but we just got run down."
While Sindy With an S had already won three races, she finished second in the Grade III Azalea at Calder over the summer, making this her first graded victory.
Note -- Two jockeys were injured during the sixth race yesterday. Minute of Fame, a 5-year-old gelding, fell near the three-quarters pole, unseating rider Julian Pimentel, who fell on his right shoulder. Jockey Jose Betancourt then suffered a lacerated knee, a possible rib fracture on his right side and swelling above the right eye when he jumped off Adopted Arrival after the pair tried to avoid Pimentel. Maryland Racing Commission vet Dr. David Zipf said neither horse was injured.