Watch American Pharoah's half-sister dazzle on debut at Del Mar
Exciting filly Chasing Yesterday races for breeder Summer Wind Farm
The endless snaps of camera shutters as Summer Wind Equine's homebred Chasing Yesterday entered the Del Mar winner's circle provided a not-so-subtle hint that her debut victory on Saturday was more than just an impressive maiden special weight score.
After she cruised to a four-and-a-quarter-length victory in a 5½f dirt test - without jockey Mike Smith even thinking about using the whip - she nuzzled up with a few people in the winner's circle, displaying a demeanour like her most famous half-brother, 2015 Triple Crown winner American Pharoah.
Looking at the chestnut filly, however, it's not overly apparent of her relation.
Littleprincessemma, Chasing Yesterday's dam, was a chestnut, but her most notable foals - American Pharoah, Grade 1-placed American Cleopatra and stakes-placed St Patrick's Day - are all bays. Those three were all by Pioneerof The Nile, but Chasing Yesterday is by Tapit.
"She's a different type. She's made more slightly, and I see a lot of Tapit in her. But she's got a mind like Pharoah," said winning trainer Bob Baffert. "She's very intelligent."
Saturday's race could not have gone much better for Chasing Yesterday as she broke well from the outside post in the field of seven, relaxed about a length off early leader Honeyfromthesouth and breezed by at the top of the stretch to finish the distance in 1:04.44.
"She felt like she looked," Smith said with a laugh. "I even took a look at the big screen on the infield and said wow. She's just so professional. You know Bob. He's just brilliant at getting them ready."
Honeyfromthesouth, who ran an opening quarter in :21.88, fought on to finish a clear second, seven and a quarter lengths ahead of third-place finisher Culver Miss.
"I knew [Honeyfromthesouth] could run, because trainer David Hofmans told me he had a runner in there," Baffert said.
As for the future, Baffert said the Grade 1 Del Mar Debutante Stakes on September 1 - a race American Cleopatra ran second in two years ago - could be next for Chasing Yesterday, but he hesitated a bit when he realised he might have several contenders for the race, like Mother Mother, who won her debut by six and a half lengths this month.
"I don't know if I'm going to run them together, so we'll play it by ear," Baffert said.
"This filly definitely wants to go longer and just like the way she laid off that filly really nice, and he asked her to go."
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