ENGLISH-BRED RHAGORI UP TO WIN U.S. DEBUT IN $58,000 TURF ALLOWANCE FEATURE, CALLAGHAN, BEJARANO TEAM FOR NECK VICTORY
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ARCADIA, Calif. (March 7, 2014)—A multiple minor stakes winner in her native England, 7-5 favorite Rhagori rallied from off the pace under Rafael Bejarano in her U.S. debut Friday, taking Santa Anita’s third race by a neck in a $58,000 allowance for older fillies at one mile on turf, covering the distance in 1:35.45.
Trained by Simon Callaghan, the 5-year-old mare by the Danehill stallion Exceed And Excel had been idle since Oct. 31 at Lingfield, Rhagori settled into stride next-to-last in a field of five into the Club House turn and was within striking distance into the far turn. While still within herself, she rallied smartly around the turn and was three-wide turning for home and wore down 9-5 second choice Miss Well Molded inside the sixteenth pole to win in-hand.