Light Jig gives Frankel fourth Yellow Ribbon
ARCADIA, Calif. -- Light Jig scored a convincing win in Saturday's $500,000 Yellow Ribbon Stakes at Santa Anita, and may be part of a powerful team of Juddmonte Farms fillies for the $1 million Breeders' Cup Filly and Mare Turf at Lone Star Park on Oct. 30.
Rebounding from a disappointing sixth in the Grade 1 John Mabee Handicap at Del Mar on July 24, Light Jig rallied from the back of the field of 10 fillies and mares to win the Grade 1 Yellow Ribbon by four lengths. The margin was the widest in the 27-year history of the race.
Ridden by Rene Douglas for trainer Bobby Frankel, Light Jig ($4.60) finished 1 1/4 miles on turf in 1:59.28.
Frankel said a decision on Light Jig's status for the Breeders' Cup will be made in coming days. Juddmonte Farms also has the European-based Nebraska Tornado for the Filly and Mare Turf.
Douglas gave Light Jig a patient ride. She was eighth for the first half-mile, well behind Notting Hill, who set an early pace of 23.29 and 46.41 seconds. Notting Hill led by as many as 3 1/2 lengths but could not sustain the advantage.
Douglas had Light Jig in eighth on the backstretch and moved closer entering the far turn. With a three-wide move, Light Jig reached contention as the field entered the stretch, and she forced her way between Good Student and Hoh Buzzard.
Light Jig was third at the eighth pole but pulled clear quickly.
"She got lucky and she got through," Frankel said. "She ran really well."
Tangle, who has never won a stakes, closed from seventh in the final quarter-mile to finish second, catching Katdogawn in the final sixteenth. Good Student finished fourth. Amorama, the winner of the Del Mar Oaks, finished fifth in her first start against older fillies and mares.
The victory was Frankel's fourth in the Yellow Ribbon. Light Jig, 4, has won 5 of 13 starts and $537,819 for Juddmonte Farms. She won the Grade 2 Beverly Hills Handicap at Hollywood Park in late June.