Team Valor’s Three Hearts and jockey Joe Talamo win the Grade 3 Red Carpet Handicap at Del Mar. ©BENOIT PHOTO
Three Hearts, winless since April of 2013, ended her losing streak in a big way Saturday with a surprise victory at odds of 29-1 in the featured $100,000 Red Carpet Handicap before 18,083 fans.
Ridden by Joe Talamo and trained by Hall of Famer Neil Drysdale, Three Hearts gamely withstood the prolonged challenge of Lady of Gold to win by a half-length in 2:15.54 for the mile and three-eighths over Del Mar’s infield Jimmy Durante Turf Course.
Lady Pimpernel was a fast-closing third, a neck behind the runner-up and a nose ahead of fourth-place Scooter Bird in the field of eleven older fillies and mares.
Three Hearts, a Kentucky-bred four-year-old daughter of Hat Trick, hadn’t won since an allowance success during Keeneland’s spring season of last year.
“Neil (trainer Neil Drysdale) just said : “Don’t mess it up.’ No, I’m kidding,” Talamo joked afterward. “All he said was to just ride her.’ My trip couldn’t have been more perfect. She broke good from the outside and I was able to get her over and save ground. She’s such a classy filly to ride; she relaxed so nicely. When I asked her she fired and we still had a lot left in the tank.”
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