Monday, August 20 2012

Winding Way Wins Rancho Bernardo

Favored Winding Way, with Rafael Bejarano aboard for his tenth stakes victory of the season, gave her backers serious reason for concern when she broke a distant last in Sunday’s featured $150,000 Rancho Bernardo Handicap, a 6 ½ furlong sprint for older fillies and mares.

Not to worry, however, as the brilliant, undefeated daughter of Malibu Moon, the only three-year-old in the field, rallied widest of all in the stretch to run past pacesetting Sugarinthemorning in the final sixteenth and win by a half-length going away in a most impressive performance. As a result of her slow beginning, Winding Way was 9 ½ lengths in arrears after a quarter-mile, in stark contrast to her two previous races which she led from start to finish.

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