Fatale Bere Upsets in G1 Del Mar Oaks

(Fatale Bere wins G1 Del Mar Oaks / Benoit Photo Courtesy of Del Mar)

From the Media Team at Del Mar:

French-bred Fatale Bere, well handled by Hall of Fame rider Kent Desormeaux, overhauled 9-5 favored Ollie’s Candy in the final strides to win the Grade I $300,000 Del Mar Oaks for three-year-old fillies Saturday.

Rallying wide entering the stretch after being outrun early,  Fatale Bere closed powerfully to triumph by a neck over Ollie’s Candy, who was piloted by Tyler Baze. Third in the field of a dozen fillies was Californiagoldrush, with Ms Bad Behavior fourth.

Fatale Bere, a daughter of Pedro the Great owned by Benowitz Family Trust and Head of Plains Partners, provided trainer Leonard Powell with his first success in a Grade I race.

The bay filly went off at odds of 7-1 and returned $16, $6.80 and $5.20 while earning first prize of $180,000 to increase her bankroll to $422,964. It was her fifth win in ten starts.

Runner-up Ollie’s Candy paid $4.40 and $3.40, while Californiagoldrush returned $6.20 to show.

Time for the nine furlongs on Del Mar’s turf was 1:48.14.


KENT DESORMEAUX (Fatale Bere, winner) – “It was the trip.  Today, I got the trip; last time (Belmont Oaks on July 7) I had to go their way.  This time I got to let her go when I was ready. Felt good; she was really running. They were playing ping-pong by the three-eighths (pole) (when race leader Animosity brushed the fence and caused issues with other horses), but I avoided all of that and just got to run my race. Good stuff.”

TYLER BAZE (Ollie’s Candy, second)  — “She was on it today. Ran a really good race. She was push button.”

FLAVIEN PRAT (Californiagoldrush, third) – “Good race for my filly. She ran well.”

TYLER GAFFALIONE (Animosity, 11th) – “I don’t know what happened to her. She was going along fine and all of a sudden she changed leads and shifted over and hit the fence. She lost her action. I had to get her back running again. I don’t know what it was.”

LEONARD POWELL (Fatale Bere winner) – “It does a little (compensate for Beach View’s scratch in the Pacific Classic). To win a Grade I is of great value and this is a filly that I scouted a year ago in France and purchased privately for owners that have been very loyal to the stable. The only instructions I said to Kent (Desormeaux) was to keep her covered up early. If you don’t keep her covered up, she’s rank, she pulls, sometimes the saddle goes forward. So the key is to keep her covered up, and then she’s good enough to do the job.”


The horse broke well today,” Gaffalione said. “I had the horse inside, Dunph, going to the lead and then (Gun It) showed a little bit of speed. When I saw they were intent on going I just tried to get him back and got him to relax. He came back to me nicely and settled well down the backside. Got a little keen going into the far turn and wanted to move a little early. But I didn’t want to take too much away from him so I tried to sit as long as I could. He was waiting on horses down the lane but I kept him at task and there was plenty of horse there.”

“Mark (Casse, the trainer) and his team have done a great job,” Gaffalione said. “They’ve had a ton of confidence in this horse the whole way. It’s just an honor to be able to ride the horse. He’s just so professional, trains great and he’s a pleasure to be around.”

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