Mehmas filly charges to G3 victory
Fresh off a record-breaking first season on the track, Mehmas continues to carry all before him.
2021 has already yielded a flurry of three-year-old winners for the stallion and that momentum continued on Sunday when his daughter Going Global broke through in the Grade 3 Sweet Life Stakes at Santa Anita.
Making her debut for Phil D'Amato having previously won at Dundalk for Mick Halford, Going Global showed an impressive turn of foot on Sunday to charge down the outside of the front-running Five Pics Please and win by half-a-length.
"She trained very well," D'Amato told the Blood-Horse. "We were trying to point for an allowance race for the last couple weeks and it didn't come. It was just one of those things. She trained well enough to where I thought she merited a chance in here. So, either run or wait a while until the allowance goes. Luckily, we were able to get Flavien here and a beautiful trip. I think the sky is the limit for this filly.
"Flavien hinted that she could definitely use some more ground, so we'll definitely look at the two turn stakes schedule here and go from there."
Going Global becomes the sixth stakes winner from the incredible first crop of Mehmas and his second to strike in the US after Quattroelle.
She 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.
The sire of an astounding 58 first-crop winners, Mehmas' representatives also include the Group 1 Middle Park Stakes scorer Supremacy, Group 2 Gimcrack Stakes winner Minzaal and Listed winners Acklam Express and Method.
Mehmas stands for €25,000 in 2021.