The turf-to-dirt angle was the way to go in Saturday's $301,000 American Pharoah Stakes (G1) at Santa Anita as Get Her Number and Rombauer ran one-two in the 2021 Road to the Kentucky Derby series prep.
An 8-1 chance off a fourth-place finish in the Del Mar Juvenile Turf earlier this month, Get Her Number prompted the pace-setting longshot Dyn O Mite to the far turn and then took a lead he would not relinquish. In the stretch, the son of Dialed In staved off a closing bid from Rombauer to win by three parts of a length under Flavien Prat.
Owned by Gary Barber and trained by Peter Miller, Get Her Number paid $18.20 after completing 1 1/16 miles over a fast track in 1:44.92. Rombauer, sixth in the Del Mar Juvenile Turf in his previous start, was a clear second over even-money favorite Spielberg, with Waspirant fourth. The top four finishers earned 2021 Derby qualifying points of 10-4-2-1, respectively.
Bred in Kentucky by Philip Robertson and Brenda Robertson, Get Her Number was a $45,000 OBS juvenile purchase this past April. He won on debut by a half-length going 5 furlongs on the Del Mar turf, but weakened late to miss by a length in the one-mile Del Mar Juvenile Turf after setting the pace.
Earlier in the card, Princess Noor turned in a dazzling display to win the $200,000 Chandelier Stakes (G2) for juvenile fillies, improving her record to 3-for-3. The daughter of Not This Time strolled home by 8 1/4 lengths under Victor Espinoza while completing 1 1/16 miles in 1:45.59.
Owned by Zedan Racing Stables and trained by Bob Baffert, who was winning the Chandelier for a 12th time, Princess Noor was also purchased at OBS in April, but for a much pricier $1.35 million. She's lived up to the investment thus far scoring three straight wins, each time as an odds-on choice. Her first stakes score was similarly impressive, a 6 1/2-length romp in the Del Mar Debutante (G1) earlier this month.
Princess Noor earned 10 qualifying points toward the 2021 Kentucky Oaks (G1) with the victory. Next across the wire in the Chandelier were Varda, Miss Costa Rica, and Illumination, who earned Oaks points of 4-2-1, respectively.