KEEPER OFTHE STARS RALLIES TO TAKE GRADE III, $100,000 AUTUMN MISS STAKES BY 1 ½ LENGTHS UNDER CEDILLO; TRAINED BY WONG, SHE GETS MILE ON TURF IN 1:32.70 AND SURVIVES STEWARDS INQUIRY INTO STRETCH RUNARCADIA, Calif. (Oct. 26, 2019)–An allowance winner on turf last time out at Golden Gate Fields, trainer Jonathan Wong’s Keeper Ofthe Stars rallied to take Saturday’s Grade III, $100,000 Autumn Miss Stakes at Santa Anita by 1 ½ lengths. A bit erratic late, Keeper Ofthe Stars, who was ridden by Abel Cedillo, survived a stewards inquiry into the stretch run while getting a flat mile on turf in 1:32.70.Mid-pack with a half mile to run, Keeper Ofthe Stars hugged the rail turning for home, angled out for room approaching the furlong pole and then drifted into the path of longshot Holly Hundy a sixteenth out, but straightened up and won as much the best.“She’s still green,” explained Cedillo. “She’s learning (with) every race, but today when she was between horses, she got intimidated. That’s why she came out a little bit. I straightened her up right away and she won pretty easy.”A close fourth two starts back in the Grade I Del Mar Oaks Aug. 17, Keeper Ofthe Stars was a 3 ½ length allowance winner going 1 1/16 miles on turf at Golden Gate Sept. 20. Off at 5-1 in a field of 12 sophomore fillies, she paid $12.20, $6.80 and $4.60.Owned by Tommy Town Thoroughbreds, Keeper Ofthe Stars, who is a Kentucky-bred daughter of Midnight Lute, notched her first stakes victory and her fifth win from 10 overall starts. With the winner’s share of $60,000, she increased her earnings to $184,800.“I was very scared,” said Wong with regard to the inquiry. “I saw her come out a little bit past the sixteenth pole, I didn’t think it was much, but everyone finished pretty close for the minors so I was afraid it might have affected them a little bit.“Me and Abel have had a lot of wins. He’s my main man, a very good friend and an awesome rider. I’m really proud of him.”For her part, Giza Goddess, trained by John Shirreffs, ran too good to lose as she led the entire way until well inside the sixteenth pole. Ridden by Brice Blanc, she was off at 29-1 and paid $20.80 and $10.20.“She ran her tail off today,” said Blanc. “She broke running and showed good natural speed. I know the fractions look fast, but we were going real easy. She ran huge, especially when you consider she had been away so long (Dec. 18, 2018).”California-bred Mucho Unusual, ridden by Victor Espinoza, rallied from well of the pace to be third, finishing a neck in front of 8-5 favorite Hidden Message. Off at 6-1, Mucho Unusual paid $5.80 to show.Fractions on the race were 22.27, 45.01, 1:08.44 and 1:20.62.
RelatedFall Fun: Skyscanner’s guide to the best Autumn colour spotsFall Fun: Skyscanner’s guide to the best Autumn colour spotsBargains of the Week: Malaga | Ljubljana | AmsterdamBargains of the Week: Malaga | Ljubljana | AmsterdamTrick or Treat? Skyscanner’s Halloween Holiday IdeasEvery week, Skyscanner scours the net to find the cheapest flights to the best events and destinations in Europe Every week, Skyscanner scours the net to find the cheapest flights to the best events and destinations in Europe. This week, we look at shoulder season deals.For most of the UK, this summer has been yet another wet, dull and fairly miserable one. Flooding seems to be annual event; rain our national emblem. But as we move into the post-summer shoulder season, we have the chance to find fewer crowds, cheaper flights and bargain accommodation, plus there’s still plenty of sun going around if you know where to look.Autumn RomanceLjubljana, Slovenia – still pleasantly warm well into autumn, grab a coffee and watch the green Ljubljanica river drift past in this most beautiful of central European cities. The atmosphere is one of style and sophistication and this city is thankfully yet to be invaded by UK stag groups. With its medieval castles, leafy streets and cafe cultured locals, there’s a strong air of romance in Ljubljana which still feels like a secret city.Travel:• get cheap flights from London to Ljubljana, prices start from £46 (return, including taxes)Autumn RelaxationBudapest, Hungary – as the nights draw in and the temperatures fall, why not get yourself into hot water in one of Budapest’s thermal bath pools? Famed for having the world’s finest Turkish baths (the Turks may disagree), you can relax in the hot H2O of decadent bathing houses, enjoy all manner of medical spa treatments and get beaten up by expert masseurs. Travel:• get cheap flights from London to Budapest, prices start from £63 (return, including taxes)• get cheap flights from Manchester to Budapest, prices start from £49 (return, including taxes)• get cheap flights from Bristol to Budapest, prices start from £53 (return, including taxes)Autumn ActivityAustrian Alps – Austria’s Tyrol region offers spiky mountain landscapes, culinary specialities and great hiking and biking. The lovely city of Innsbruck is the gateway to the Tyrol region and worthy of a visit in itself, but it’s the surrounding mountains that most come to see. With mountains over 3700m tall, be sure to pack your warm clothes, as snow can come early in Alps.Travel: • get cheap flights from London to Innsbruck, prices start from £53 (return, including taxes)• get cheap flights from Glasgow to Innsbruck, prices start from £108 (return, including taxes)Autumn Night LifeOktoberfest, Munich, Germany – the beach bars of the Med may be emptying, but there’s always a party going on somewhere. Munich’s Oktoberfest, which actually starts on the 20th of September, is a great place to enjoy beer, bratwurst and Bavaria’s beautiful barmaids. See Skyscanner’s guide to Oktoberfest for more tips.Travel: • get cheap flights from London to Munich, prices start from £80 (return, including taxes)• get cheap flights from Edinburgh to Munich, prices start from £49 (return, including taxes)• get cheap flights from Belfast to Munich, prices start from £64 (return, including taxes)Autumn Beach Boys (and girls)Hvar, Croatia – get all the sun and sand, without having to fight for beach space. Many of Europe’s beaches are still hot and dry in autumn and they’re much quieter too. Croatia’s Hvar Island is one of the most beautiful and lively beaches on the Adriatic, with several types of seafront including azure waters, white sands, rocky cliffs and even a nudist zone; don’t forget to wax.Travel:• get cheap flights from London to Split, prices start from £57 (return, including taxes)• get cheap flights from Glasgow to Split, prices start from £131 (return, including taxes)• get cheap flights from Birmingham to Split, prices start from £242 (return, including taxes)To view the most up to date flight prices as well as other flight routes visit: Skyscanner Flight Search.About SkyscannerSkyscanner is the most powerful and flexible flight search engine in Europe, which provides instant online comparison on prices for over 5000 flights on 180 airlines. With Skyscanner, users can browse without having to enter specific dates or airports, so you can go looking for the best bargains or just for travel inspiration.To EditorsFull permission is granted for this release to be reproduced in full or in part on the condition that Skyscanner.net is credited. All prices correct at time of writing. ReturnOne wayMulti-cityFromAdd nearby airports ToAdd nearby airportsDepart14/08/2019Return21/08/2019Cabin Class & Travellers1 adult, EconomyDirect flights onlySearch flights Map