CYBT, Saul Gevertz, Michael Nentwig, and Ray Pagano’s Going Global made her North American debut a winning one Feb. 14 when she took home the $103,500 Sweet Life Stakes (G3T) at Santa Anita Park.
Guided by Flavien Prat in the six-furlong turf sprint for 3-year-old fillies, Going Global got away slow from the gate and settled near the back of the field just off the inside rail. At the head of the pack were Five Pics Please, Freedom Flyer, and I’m So Anna who vied briefly for command before Five Pics Please got up to take control at the quarter-mile point. Going Global (IRE), b, 3/f
Mehmas (IRE) — Wrood, by Invasor (ARG)
Owner: Gevertz, Nentwig, or Pagano et al
Breeder: N. Hartery (IRE)
Trainer: Philip D’Amato
Jockey: Flavien Prat
Information provided by Equibase at time of entry.
Mehmas (IRE) stands at Tally-Ho Stud for 25,000 Euros (2021).
GOFSPT2019 • $16,987 • Consignor: The Castlebridge Consignment • Buyer: Pioneer Racing.
Five Pics Please, ridden by Tyler Baze, set the pace from her spot on the rail with fractions of :21.65 and :44.16 through the half-mile and was well clear of her competition exiting the turn for home. Going Global bided her time and saved ground around the backstretch before being angled out by Prat at the top of the lane and set down for a drive.
With the wire in sight Five Pics Please continued to pound her way home and was still in control at the sixteenth pole. But in the final seconds, Going Global showed off an impressive turn of foot, drove down the outside of the frontrunner, and collared her in the final strides to win by half a length.
Photo: Benoit PhotoGoing Global (left) surges to the wire to win the Sweet Life Stakes at Santa Anita Park
“I watched her last race and you could see she could run,” said Prat. “(Trainer) Phil (D’Amato) talked to me this morning and said they really like her. She’s a little tough, likes to do things her way, but she was very professional.”
Final time for the sprint on firm turf was 1:07.68. Five Pics Please held for second followed by Nimbostratus in third. Sent off at odds of 8-1, Going Global returned $19.80, $9.60, and $6.60 on a $2 wager.
“She trained very well,” said D’Amato of his new protege. “We were trying to point for an allowance race for the last couple weeks and it didn’t come. It was just one of those things. She trained well enough to where I thought she merited a chance in here. So, either run or wait a while until the allowance goes. Luckily, we were able to get Flavien here and a beautiful trip. I think the sky is the limit for this filly.
“Flavien hinted that she could definitely use some more ground, so we’ll definitely look at the two turn stakes schedule here and go from there.”
A daughter of Mehmas, Going Global made her first four starts at 2 across the Atlantic for former trainer Michael Halford. Bred in Ireland by N. Hartery, the filly is out of the Invasor mare Wrood.
Nentwig said he was more than pleased with Going Global’s effort in the Sweet Life, giving much of the credit to D’Amato for prepping her so successfully ahead of her first stakes attempt.
“We were hoping that there was enough ground for her to get there,” said Nentwig. “It looked like it was going to be close. Phil said that she’d been training super since she got here and Flavien gave her a perfect ride. When he pushed the button, Phil had her ready to go.
“Anytime you step out and you pay a decent amount of money for a horse from Europe that you’ve only seen run on tape, you kind of put yourself out there and I have to kind of convince the partners that it’s the right thing to do. Phil was very confident in the filly over there. I’m thrilled for everyone … it’s a great win for the team.”
Video: Sweet Life S. (G3T)