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Stardom Bound wins on three-year-old debut

STARDOM BOUND, last year's US champion juvenile filly, made an impressive three-year-old debut when winning the Las Virgenes Stakes (Gr1) at Santa Anita yesterday.

The daughter of Tapit won three consecutive Group 1 races last year – the Del Mar Debutante Stakes, the Oak Leaf Stakes and the Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies – before being bought by Big Brown's owners IEAH Stables for $5.7 million at the Fasig-Tipton November Sale.

Sent off the 2-5 favourite for the Las Virgenes Stakes, Stardom Bound was boxed in during the early stages of the race, but once her jockey Mike Smith got her into the open, she showed a very impressive turn of foot to storm clear.

Haka, a daughter of Dynaformer, ran on wellto finish second, one and a quarter lengths behind Stardom Bound, with the More Than Ready filly Saucey Evening a further neck back in third.

African Skies, a daughter of Johannesburg who won the Princess Margaret Stakes at Ascot for Kevin Ryan last year and is now trained by Patrick Biancone, finished fifth.

IEAH co-president Michael Iavarone said that Stardom Bound's next race could be against males, in the Santa Anita Derby on April 4.




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