Going Global turned it on yet again on Saturday, running out the impressive winner of the Grade 2 Goldikova Stakes on the Del Mar Breeders' Cup undercard.
The Irish-bred Mehmas filly has virtually been unstoppable since transferring from her native country to Phil d'Amato, racking up six stakes wins in seven starts highlighted by the Grade 1 Del Mar Oaks.
She faced yet another competitive field on Saturday that included the seasoned stakes performers Princess Grace and Zofelle but was impressive again, surging past that pair for an easy length-and-a-half win under Flavien Prat.
Phil D'Amato trains Going Global for CYBT, Michael Dubb, Saul Gevertz, Michael Nentwig, Ray Pagano.
"A couple of agents and friends of mine—Michael Donohoe and Niall Dalton—are the ones that presented the horse to us via (trainer) Phil D'Amato," Nentwig told the Bloodhorse. "We took a look at her races—she had just broke her maiden after three starts. It wasn't an amazing race, but it looked like she wanted to go on grass and some more distance.
"We decided to take a shot with her and brought her to Phil. Ever since we've had her here, Phil has told us she would be a stakes horse all along. I give all the credit to Phil D'Amato, and his team, and the exercise riders, and everybody that puts in the time so we can be here on days like this.
"It's the pinnacle. Today is the Super Bowl of horse racing. This is why we're in the game. I've got good partners. None of us are super-wealthy guys— we're all working guys, maybe with the exception of one. There's nothing better than this for us. I'm so happy for everyone involved. What a hell of a day."
Going Global, who now boasts earnings of almost $650,000, 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 is one of two Group or Grade 1 winners for Mehmas and is one of 16 stakes winners out of his first two crops overall.