Chasing Yesterday caps big year with Starlet S. (G1) score
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The brilliant 2-year-old filly Chasing Yesterday closed out 2018 with a game victory in the $300,000 Starlet S. (G1) at Los Alamitos on Dec. 8, giving the Eddie Woods training grad her first graded stakes win and third black-type victory in her young career.

The impeccably-bred Chasing Yesterday is a daughter of Tapit out of Littleprincessemma and a half-sister to 2015 Triple Crown hero American Pharoah. Saturday's win made her four of five lifetime with earnings of $324,250 for her owner/breeder Jane Lyon's Summer Wind Equine and trainer Bob Baffert. 

Out of the gate in the Starlet, it was Baffert's other filly, Mother Mother, who went to the lead, with Chasing Yesterday at the back of the six-horse field. It was until the group hit the final turn that Chasing Yesterday began to gain ground while four wide. She lost a little momentum entering the stretch, but quickly recovered and out-dueled a very game Enaya Alrabb to win by a head, with Mother Mother just a neck back in third.

“We thought Mother Mother would be on the lead and I told (jockey Florent Geroux) just try to nurse her along,” Bafffert said. “(Chasing Yesterday) was so wide. Turning for home, I really thought Mother Mother was going to kick on and keep going. It was a really thrilling finish. I didn't think (Chasing Yesterday) was going to get there because she had been so wide. She's a nice filly, but (jockey Drayden Van Dyke) really sat patient. Pretty nice to get a Grade I win with American Pharoah's sister.'' 

Lyon owns Chasing Yesterday's dam Littleprincessemma, who is also responsible for a yearling full-brother to American Pharoah named Theprinceofthebes and a weanling full-brother to Chasing Yesterday named Triple Tap.