Tilde took command shortly after the start and never relinquished the lead in winning Del Mar’s California Thoroughbred Breeders’ Association Stakes Friday evening.
Tilde, sent postward the second choice at 5-2 in a field of seven California-bred two-year-old fillies, romped to the wire 3 ½ lengths in front of Cotton’s Point, who ran gamely to be second, a half-length in front of the even-money favorite, Tribal Peace. Rafael Bejarano piloted the winner.
“She broke good and was going easy; nice and comfortable,” said Bejarano. “You have to give her trainer (Mike Harrington) big credit. He had her very ready for this race. She had her ears up all the way. When we turned for home and I hit her on the (right) shoulder, she swerved. So I switched my stick to the left (hand) and hit her a couple of times that way. She gave me a big kick. She’s a little green, but she’s also very good.”
The winner, a daughter of Swiss Yodeler, sped the 5 ½ furlongs in 1:04.50 in scoring her second victory in three career outings. First money of $57,000 increased the filly’s earnings to $109,560. Trainer Mike Harrington also bred and owns the filly.
–Del Mar Publicity contributed to this report.