The November 13 Del Mar card featured quite the upset in the $100,000 Betty Grable Stakes when Chao Chom beat 1-9 favorite Enola Gray, who was previously unbeaten heading into the race. Chao Chom entered the Betty Grable Stakes with three straight second place finishes. She ended up winning by 1 3/4 lengths in a time of 1:22.35.
“We won easy, so easy,” said jockey Kent Desormeaux. “There were dawdling fractions. She was just cantering down the backstretch. Then we turned for home and she just ascended to the front. She finished with her ears pricked. She just couldn’t have won much easier.”
The three-year-old daughter of Tizbud had a promising start last year, winning her maiden race at Del Mar by 8 1/4 lengths. In four starts after that though she came in second or third and was never better than 6-5 odds.
In the Betty Grable Stakes, the Gary Stute-trained Chao Chom was given odds of 9-1. For winning, she returned prices of $19.80, $3.60, and $3. Enola Gray’s second place finish brought $2.10 for both place and show. For coming in third, Cuddle Alert paid $6.40.
“I got tired of her getting beat as the favorite, so I put her in a race where I knew she wouldn’t be the favorite,” said Stute. “Originally I was thinking about taking her back, because she hadn’t been finishing. Then I looked and thought Enola Gray is the only speed, so maybe we’ll get a slow pace and be close. I just left it up to Kent and he did the job.”