Mehmas filly Going Global remains unbeaten Stateside with G3 win
Going Global, one of six stakes winners from the first crop of Mehmas, kept her unbeaten record Stateside intact on Saturday with an impressive victory in the Grade 3 Providencia Stakes at Santa Anita.
Previously successful in the Grade 3 Sweet Life and Listed China Doll Stakes for Phil d'Amato, Going Global was sent off favourite in the seven-strong field and didn't disappoint, overcoming a wide trip under Flavien Prat to take advantage in the stretch and bravely hold off Closing Remarks.
"We got bumped around at the start, but then we settled in and we found a good spot," said Flavien Prat, who has been aboard for all three of Going Global's Stateside wins. "The pace was slow, but when it was time to run, she responded really great. She keeps getting better and better. We won at six furlongs, a mile and now a mile and an eighth."
Phil d'Amato added: "I always thought a lot of this filly's ability. It has just kind of been one race after another to assess how far she'd go. Last time she went a mile, I went down there to watch her cool out and she was just as cool as a cucumber, she wouldn't have blown out a match. I had a good feeling that this race at a mile and an eighth was well within her reach."
Previously trained in Ireland by Michael Halford, for whom she won at Dundalk, Going Global hails from the incredible first crop of Mehmas.
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.
Mehmas' representatives also include the Group 1 Middle Park Stakes scorer Supremacy, Group 2 Gimcrack Stakes winner Minzaal and Listed winners Acklam Express, who ran third in Saturday's Group 3 Nad Al Sheba Sprint at Meydan, and Method.
Mehmas stands for €25,000 in 2021.