Vegso Racing Stable’s Light Bringer was smartly guided by jockey Jonathan Gonzales to bring her home for her first stakes score in the 1-mile $65,000 Chispiski Stakes at Calder Casino & Race Course on Saturday.
When the post time favorite Flutterby took the lead right from the gate and set the pace, Gonzales kept Flutterby right in sight as he raced Light Bringer in the second position. When Spangled Banner began to advance on Light Bringer on the backstretch, Light Bringer and Spangled Banner collectively moved on Flutterby.
“I knew that (Flutterby) comes from 5 furlongs, 6 furlongs – she never runs long distance,” said Gonzales. “I knew she wanted to go get the lead so I followed her, I followed her, I followed her. (Spangled Banner) came outside, so I moved with her.”
Heading into the final turn, Light Bringer went on with Flutterby while Spangled Banner dropped back. Both Light Bringer and Flutterby separated from the pack and headed down the stretch. Light Bringer surged ahead nearing the wire to ultimately win the Chispiski by a length.
“(Flutterby) was done by the half-mile,” said Gonzales. “When I pushed my filly, I had horse, so I pushed and pushed.”
Fractional times for the race were :25.37, :51.29, and 1:15.80, with a final time of 1:41.09.
Light Bringer returned $9.60, $4.60, and $3.20 for the win. Flutterby brought $4.60 and $3.60 for the place, and Luna Santa paid $4.40 for show.
Rounding out the order of finish were Spangled Banner; Shy’s Aly; Tacones; Raising Passion; and Bagira.
Light Bringer, who is trained by Bill White, came into the Chispiski off of a 1-mile allowance win at Calder on November 29. With the Chispiski win, Light Bringer now has three lifetime victories from six starts in her young career with one second place finish, which came in her stakes debut at Calder on August 24 in the 1-mile Lindsay Frolic Stakes.