We couldn't make it to Golden Gate Fields yesterday to see the race (the first race, no less!), but needless to say, Somethinaboutlaura made every other horse in the field look like a maiden. It was clear from watching the tape today on Sam Spears' show that jockey Russell Baze didn't ask her for very much, and she crossed the wire under a hand ride.
(We're guessing the Pacific Heights Stakes was the first race yesterday because it is, after all, the San Francisco Bay Area, and the Big Game commenced at 4:00. Congrats, Stanford, for getting the Stanford Axe back from Cal after six years. We were rootin' for you guys.)
Anyway. Somethinaboutlaura is a remarkable girl, having won 17 of 30 races, two of which were graded stakes. She's also amazingly versatile, winning races on dirt, turf, and, now synthetic track (Tapeta Footings). The great news is that the plan, according to trainer Jerry Hollendorfer, is that she has only one more race to compete in--the Sunshine Millions. Then, the owners plan to sell her as a broodmare.
I hope she remains sound.
If not, she's got a home already. You see that muddy horse below? Udamanmatt? That's Somethinaboutlaura's full brother. Mr. U's owner tells me Laura's got a home, whenever she needs one.