1990 La Brea Stakes
With her easy victory Monday in the $107650 La Brea Breeders' Cup Stakes at Santa Anita, Akinemod ran her win streak to five, the only blemish on her record coming when she was a troubled fourth in her debut last April. Not bad for a filly who still hasn't figured out exactly what she's supposed to be doing for a living. "It's like a big game to her," said Gary Stevens after steering the Time To Explode filly to a two-length win over Fantastic Look. "I don't feel she knows what she's doing. I still feel there's room for improvement." This would be disheartening news to those who chased her home Monday. After battling with Pat Copelan and Linda Card through a :22 and :44 1/5 half, she opened up by 2 1/2 lengths about a furlong from the finish. Fantastic Look, the beneficiary of a perfect trip and who looked dangerous around the turn, could make no impact late. Covering the seven furlongs in 1:21 3/5, the 6-5 favorite earned herself a start in the middle leg of the La Canada series, the El Encino Stakes Jan. 15. That would mark her initial venture around two turns, and among her likely opponents is Breeders' Cup Distaff runner-up Gorgeous. "I don't know how far she wants to go, but we'll run her in the next one and see," said Jerry Fanning, who trains Akinemod for owner Jack Klugman. "I wasn't so much worried about the speed in the race as when I saw (Fantastic Look) coming up so fast. "But Akinemod just kept running. She finished well and she's just a good filly." Although ...
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