ARCADIA, Calif. (AP) — Irish-bred filly Indigo River came from next-to-last to win the $73,950 Sweet Life Stakes on the downhill turf course Sunday at Santa Anita.
Ridden by Joel Rosario for trainer Jeff Mullins, the favorite was sixth in the field of seven 3-year-old fillies coming down the hillside, moved up to fourth as they came on to the main track and rallied three-wide to beat Vionnet by 112 lengths.
Indigo River covered about 612 furlongs in 1:13.36 paid $5.20, $3.20 and $3. Vionnet paid $6 and $4.20. Dypsy paid $5.80 to show.
The filly has now won her first two U.S. starts, both on the Santa Anita downhill. She won one of three starts in Ireland before Mullins and owner Michael House brought her to the United States.
Mullins said Indigo River would now move up to graded stakes competition, most likely in the $150,000 Providencia Stakes on April 7 at Santa Anita.