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Updated: February 6, 2022 at 4:55 pm
ADARE MANOR (f, 3, Uncle Mo–Brooklynsway, by Giant Gizmo) asserted herself as a major GI Longines Kentucky Oaks contender as she dominated the four-horse GIII Las Virgenes S. Sunday by the length of the Santa Anita Stretch. Second and fourth in two sprint tries to kick off her career, the $375,000 OBS June acquisition put it all together and then some when airing by a dozen lengths over this track and trip Jan. 7, good for a 92 Beyer Speed Figure. Her odds dropped even further with the scratch of GISW stablemate Eda (Munnings), and the dark bay was off at prohibitive 2-5 odds. Away on top, she was headed into the first turn but was content to share pacesetting duties down the backside before opening up into a :46.66 half. Queen of Thorns (Violence) attempted to make a race of it from there, but Adare Manor never looked back and galloped home by some 15 lengths in 1:37.11. Queen of Thorns held off Miss Everything (Tiznow) for second. The win was the sixth in this race for Bob Baffert, breaking a tie with fellow Hall of Famer D. Wayne Lukas. Baffert’s most recent previous Las Virgenes winner (in 2018) was also a pricey 2-year-old sales grad by Uncle Mo in Dream Tree. Sales history: $180,000 ylg ’20 FTKFEB; $190,000 RNA ylg ’20 FTKSEL; $375,000 2yo ’21 OBSOPN. Lifetime Record: 4-2-1-0.
O-Michael Lund Petersen. B-Town & Country Horse Farms, LLC & Gary Broad (Ky). T-Bob Baffert.