Trained by Eloy Navarro, the 4-year-old mare by FIRST PRIZE PERRY earned a berth to the $75,000 Zoetis Starter Allowance Challenge to be held at Prairie Meadows, Iowa on October 18.
“I’m looking forward to going to Iowa,” De La Torre said. “I’ve had horses a long time and to have this victory is special for me. I’m from Zacatecas, Mexico and I would race horse in match races because that’s all we had there. I have about six horses racing here and I enjoy the sport a lot.”
Ridden by Rodrigo Aceves, Too Cool To Rule was making her first start for De La Torre and Navarro after being claimed for $5,000 on June 27. In her first start for her new connections, the Vessels Stallion Farm-bred runner covered the 350 yards in :17.600, while defeating Hez Stellar by a head. This was her sixth win in 17 career starts. She earned $8,325 for her Zoetis California victory.
Martha Wells’ Hez Stellar, fresh off a victory in the California Breeders Senior $5,000 Claiming Stakes, earned $3,580 for her strong effort for trainer Paul Jones and jockey Ramon Sanchez. Hesmore To Check, Stel Heights, Lotsa Boots and Hawktaflyer completed the field.