Top Kisser (right) prevails in the $100,000 L.A. Woman Stakes,
Stopshoppingdebbie finished 5th, the first loss of her career. Benoit Photo
STOPSHOPPINGDEBBIE FADES IN L.A. HEAT,
FINISHES FIFTH IN $100,000 L.A. WOMAN
Northwest Farms’ Stopshoppingdebbie had her undefeated bubble burst Saturday at sweltering Santa Anita Park in Arcadia, Calif. beating only one horse while finishing a well-beaten fifth in the $100,000 L.A. Woman Stakes won by Top Kisser ($6.20) in 1:14.84 for 6 ½ furlongs.
Stopshoppingdebbie, the 2.00-to-1 betting favorite, appeared to labor in the 100-degree weather and was beaten for the first time in 10 career starts. The 4-year-old Curlin filly never reached contention, lagging in fifth place while Tribal Gal and Uzziel dueled through a fast half-mile of :44.22, and had little response when Top Kisser and Elvis Trujillo swept past Tribal Gal for a 3 ¾-length victory.
“It felt like I had horse around the turn, but she didn’t go on with it,” jockey Rocco Bowen said. “I don’t want to use it as an excuse, but if felt like she was getting a hold of the track like 50-50.
“I’m thankful to be on her; she’s better than this. Tom (Wenzel, trainer) said they’re going to go over her real good later this afternoon and decide where to go next.”
Top Kisser, a 5-year-old California-bred trained by Jerry Hollendorfer, has seven wins in 14 starts and earnings of $407,100