Notes & Quotes From the Betty Grable Stakes at Del Mar: Queen Bee to You

From the Del Mar Media Team:

A solidly supported second choice at 3-1, Queen Bee to You surged to the lead turning into the stretch and went on to score an impressive triumph in the featured $100,000 Betty Grable Stakes Sunday at Del Mar.

With jockey Flavien Prat in the saddle for his second victory of the afternoon, Queen Bee to You won by four and one-half lengths in 1:22.90 for the seven furlongs.

Shoe It N Moe It closed to be runner-up, three and one-quarter lengths in advance of the 3-5 favorite, Mo See Cal, who faded in the stretch. Fourth in the field of six older California-bred fillies and mares was Creative Instinct. Love a Honeybadger was scratched.

Queen Bee to You, owned by Christopher St. Hilaire and Adam Vali of Newport Beach, Ca., and trained by Andrew Lerner, recorded her sixth win in 31 starts. The five-year-old daughter of Old Topper was claimed for $50,000 December 1, 2016 from a maiden claiming race at Del Mar. First money of $60,000 pushed her career earnings to $481,770.

FLAVIEN PRAT (Queen Bee to You, winner) – “We (he and trainer Andrew Lerner) liked the outside post. When I asked her on the turn, she really went. She’s won at a mile before, but I think seven eighths is just right for her.”

RAFAEL BEJARANO (Show It N Moe It, second) – “This was her first time coming from off the pace. She usually likes to be right up front. But I knew she’d have to come from off it to win here. She gave it a good try, but the winner was much the best today.

ABEL CEDILLO (Mo See Cal, third) – “I had a good trip. She was sitting in a perfect spot. She just didn’t have enough at the finish.”


ANDREW LERNER (Queen Bee to You, winner) – “We put this mare in some tough spots. Two against the boys, one in the Clement Hirsch. We tried some different things with her. I’m glad she vindicated us today. It’s a great feeling and an emotional win. She’s versatile, she can run on dirt or grass, but we’ve had trouble finding races for her. It’s a matter of finding the right spot and the right distance. Her last race really sharpened her for this.”

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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