Love Theway Youare springs upset
Myung Kwan Cho's Love Theway Youare pulled off a stunning upset of Saturday's Grade 1, $250,000 Vanity Handicap, wearing down the heavily favored Include Me Out in the final sixteenth and drawing away to win by 2 1/2 lengths under Garrett Gomez. The fifth-longest price in the field of six at 18-1, Love Theway Youare returned $38, $6.20 and $4.20 after completing 1 1/8 miles on the Cushion Track in 1:51. The trailer by as many as 12 1/2 lengths down the backside, Love Theway Youare began to advance from an inside position around the far turn, but was still well back as 3-5 favorite Include Me Out forged to the lead passing the quarter pole. Southern California's leading older filly this season opened up a three-length advantage through the stretch and appeared home free, but didn't put forth a strong enough effort in the final furlong as Love Theway Youare continued to gain on the public choice. Include Me Out, who had sat a perfect trip behind the leaders before taking control, had no response once passed and Love Theway Youare won comfortably while in receipt of seven pounds. "When we first came off the bend, she switched leads and dropped in front of the other horses," Gomez said. "I lost (Include Me Out) because she quickened and I didn't know if I could get to her. Then as I got by a couple of those other horses, I could see that horse starting to come back a little bit and I said, 'Well, I think I have her now.' This filly just keeps staying and she did so again today. She kept coming and coming. She doesn't have any kind of gear, she's just one-paced the whole time." "I thought I was gone. She has a kind of tendency to pull herself up," said Joe Talamo, who was aboard Include Me Out. "You know, when I passed (Caelis and Atlantic Swing), I really thought the race was over. We've always beat (Love Theway You are) so far, so many times. In hindsight, I wish I would have waited a little longer." Include Me Out, who had previously beaten the winner in the Grade 2 La Canada, Grade 1 Santa Margarita and Grade 2 Marjorie L. Everett Handicap this term, was 6 3/4 lengths clear in second. Zafeen's Pearl, making her U.S. debut, won the head bob over Caelis for third. Atlantic Swing finished fifth, while Rock and Glory, who set the early pace of :23 and :46 2/5, was eased when hopelessly beaten. The race lost some of its initial luster after the withdrawals of Zazu and Ellafitz. A maiden winner in her sixth career start, at Santa Anita, Love Theway Youare repeated in her next start against allowance foes, but that score over the main track at Hollywood on April 22, 2011 would be her final victory prior to the Vanity. The four-year-old filly has generally struggled to be competitive since then, placing just twice in 11 starts, all of them stakes. Her two in-the-money finishes were a third in last year's Grade 2 Hollywood Oaks and a second to Include Me Out in the Santa Margarita on March 17, a race contested in the slop and which attracted just four horses. In her last two starts before the Vanity, Love Theway Youare trailed throughout in the Grade 2 La Troienne, and then lost jockey Alonso Quinonez soon after the start of the Marjorie L. Everett. Her record now stands at 19-3-1-3, $362,990. A daughter of Arch, Love Theway Youare was produced by the multiple stakes-winning Tabasco Cat mare Diversa. The filly's third dam was multiple Grade 1 winner Sabin. Other notables from this family are two-time steeplechase champion Flat Top, Grade 2 winners Saint Anddan and Street Sounds, and Grade 3 victor Luftikus. Love Theway Youare was bred in Kentucky by Christopher Dragone.