Chao Chom Upsets Enola Gray in Betty Grable Stakes
Del Mar, CA (November 13, 2016)-S Samdow, Inc.’s Chao Chom hooked 1-9 favored Enola Gray shortly after the start and never relented in scoring a convincing victory in the featured $100,000 Betty Grable Stakes for older California-bred fillies and mares Sunday.
With Kent Desormeaux in the saddle, Chao Chom dueled with Enola Gray until mid- stretch where she asserted herself over the betting choice and drew away to score by a length and three-quarters in 1:22.53 for the seven furlongs.
Enola Gray, piloted by Tyler Baze and a winner of five of six starts prior to Sunday, was two and three-quarter lengths in front of the third horse, Cuddle Alert, with Barbara Beatrice fourth in the field of six.
Chao Chom, trained by Gary Stute, went postward as the second choice at 8-1 and returned $19.80, $3.60 and $3. Enola Gray paid $2.10 and $2.10, while Cuddle Alert returned $6.40 to show. It was the second victory in seven starts for the winner and first money of $57,000 increased the Tizbud filly’s earnings to $146,600.