Brilliant Mehmas filly Going Global returned to winning ways in dominant style on Saturday with an impressive success in the Grade 2 Royal Heroine Stakes at Santa Anita Park.
Bar an underwhelming performance on dirt, Going Global has been virtually unstoppable since her transfer to Phil D'Amato in California. A minor winner at Dundalk, she went on to sweep the Grade 3 Sweet Life Stakes, Listed China Doll Stakes, Grade 3 Providencia Stakes and Grade 3 Honeymoon Stakes upon her arrival to the US.
After running second in the Grade 2 San Clemente Handicap, she broke through at the top level with a victory in the Grade 1 Del Mar Oaks before following up in the Grade 2 Goldikova Stakes.
On Saturday, Going Global was always in control under Umberto Rispoli, taking control at the quarter pole to quicken clear and win by a wide margin.
"Although (it was) a small field, she was very impressive," said D'Amato. "She did it very easily. Umberto got her to relax and she did everything very well today. That last one on the dirt, that was my mistake. I should have never run her that day. She had a nice freshening since then and she responded very well. We are going to keep her on the grass the rest of the year and see where we are at year's end."
Phil D'Amato trains Going Global for CYBT, Michael Dubb, Saul Gevertz, Michael Nentwig, Ray Pagano.
"She's an unbelievable filly, an incredible score," said Rispoli. "It is not her usual style of running but when the race comes up, sometimes you have to change something. From my experience, if you have a good horse, you just have to be up there (close to the pace), no matter the field."
Going Global, who now boasts earnings of almost $770,000, was bred in Ireland by Nicky Hartery out of Wrood, a winning Invasor half-sister to Group 3 winner Racer Forever, and originally purchased for €15,500 by Pioneer Racing out of the Goffs Sportsman's Sale.
She caps a remarkable week for Mehmas, also the sire of Group 3 Prix Imprudence winner Malavath and Listed scorer Power Under Me.