After finishing just a half-length behind Queen Blossom in last year’s renewal of the $100,000 Santa Barbara Stakes (G3) at Santa Anita Park, Causeforcommotion returned to the downhill turf course May 11 looking to score.
Settling in second for a textbook stalking trip, the 5-year-old daughter of Americain bided her time until the field reached the mile mark and pounced, barreling past her competition to win by a decisive nine lengths.
Rockbridge Bloodstock purchased Causeforcommotion’s dam Causey for $42,000 out of the South Point Sales consignment at the 2018 Keeneland November auction. Purchased on behalf or Brian Moore’s Brushy Enterprises, Causey has foaled the English Channel colt she was carrying and is booked to Breeders’ Cup Classic (G1) winner Mucho Macho Man, a leading Second Crop sire.
The Santa Barbara marked the first graded win for Causeforcommotion, who is trained by J. Eric Kuljac. Her only prior stakes score came June 3 in the Possibly Perfect Stakes at Santa Anita.
Bred in Kentucky by Calumet Farm, Causeforcommotion is the third foal born to Causey, a daughter of Giant’s Causeway. Owned by E. Dunham, Kruljac, Jim A. Reed, J. Sondereker, S. Yip, and D. Yip, Causeforcommotion improved her record to 4-5-3 from 16 starts, with earnings of $263,910.
Causey is the third mare purchased by Rockbridge Bloodstock to produce a 2019 stakes winner. Glory Gold, also purchased out of the 2018 November sale for just $14,000, is the dam of Busher Stakes winner Espresso Shot. Criminologist was purchased at the 2017 Keeneland November sale and her son Inspector Lynley is now a multiple graded stakes winner of $690,299 after victories in the Tampa Bay Stakes (G3) and Danger’s Hour Stakes this term.
Other recent Rockbridge mare purchases include Almada, now a half-sister to leading Epsom Oaks contender Maqsad and Venturini, a half-sister to the unbeaten & Group 1-bound Juddmonte Farm filly Fount.
-portions edited from http://www.bloodhorse.com