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Royal Academy Adds US Gr3

Monday, 19th October 2009

Also in the US, former shuttler & now permanently Australian-based Coolmore stallion Royal Academy (Nijinsky-Crimson Saint, by Crimson Satan) added a graded-stakes success when 5YO mare Gotta Have Her (Royal Academy-Winnowing, by Rahy) notched her 2nd consecutive stakes victory with a 2-lengths margin in the US$100,000 Gr3 Senator Ken Maddy Handicap (6.5 furlongs on turf) for fillies & mares at Santa Anita Park in California. Gotta Have Her (ridden by Tyler Baze for trainer Jenine Sahadi) defeated Irish-bred 3YO filly Pasar Silbano (Elnadim-Give A Whistle, by Mujadil) & fellow Irish-bred 4YO mare Tuscan Evening (Oasis Dream-The Faraway Tree, by Suave Dancer). At her previous start, Gotta Have Her (a US$300,000 yearling at the 2005 Keeneland September Sale) won September's Gr2 Palomar Handicap (8.5 furlongs) at Del Mar (after finishing 2nd in the same race in 2008). Overall Gotta Have Her now has 8 wins (also including April's Gr3 Las Cienegas Handicap over 6.5 furlongs at Santa Anita, plus 2007's Listed Harold Ramser Handicap over 8 furlongs at Santa Anita) & 9 placings (including August's Gr1 John Mabee Handicap over 9 furlongs at Del Mar, plus July's Gr2 Royal Heroine Mile Stakes over 8 furlongs at Hollywood Park & January's Gr3 Tuzla Handicap over 8 furlongs at Santa Anita, as well as 2008's Gr2 Dahlia Handicap over 8.5 furlongs at Hollywood Park & Gr2 Palomar Handicap over 8.5 furlongs at Del Mar, in addition to 2007's Gr3 Providencia Stakes over 8 furlongs at Santa Anita & Listed China Doll Stakes over 8 furlongs at Santa Anita) from 23 starts for US$690,608 earnings.

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