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Naughty Rafaela Wins US Gr2 Santa Barbara Handicap
Cooolmore Stud's evergreen shuttler Royal Academy (Nijinsky-Crimson Saint, by Crimson Satan) was responsible for more Graded stakes success when 5YO mare Naughty Rafaela (Royal Academy-Risamix, by Linamix) scored by a length in the Gr2 Santa Barbara Handicap (9 furlongs) for mares 4YO & Up at California's Santa Anita Park (host of the 2008 US Breeders' Cup meeting). Second was 4YO mare Mabadi (Sahm-Barakat, by Bustino), and 3rd, beaten a further half-length, was 4YO mare Sweet Belle (Deputy Commander-Sanibel Sole, by Miswaki). Naughty Rafaela, a Gr1 winner in her native Brazil, was ridden by David Flores for trainer Bobby Frankel.