Becca Taylor and jockey Juan Hernandez win the Great Lady M Stakes
Becca Taylor won her second graded stakes in a span of 30 days when she captured the $201,000 Great Lady M Stakes (G2) by two lengths Monday at Los Alamitos.
The victory was the ninth in 10 starts—her lone loss came by a nose on turf earlier this year in the Irish O’Brien Stakes at Santa Anita—for the California-bred 4-year-old daughter of Old Topper out of the General Meeting mare Lady Sax. The $120,000 winner’s share of the purse pushed her earnings $499,160.
Becca Taylor’s victory as the 7-10 choice marked the second stakes success of the meet for owner-breeder Nick Alexander and trainer Steve Miyadi. Nine days earlier, they had taken the $100,000 Bertrando with Desmond Doss.
Becca Taylor, who is now 2-for-2 under jockey Juan Hernandez, broke well, disposed of longshot Brandon’smylawyer, who had the lead briefly out of the gate, then repelled challenges from Elm Drive and Samurai Charm in the final quarter. She finished the 6 ½ furlongs in 1:15.25 on a track rated as fast.
The win was also the second in as many starts at Los Alamitos for the versatile filly. She broke her maiden when 17-1 in her debut during the 2020 Winter Meet.
Favored for the eighth race in a row, Becca Taylor returned $3.40.
Samurai Charm, a 7-1 shot who had won her earlier starts at Los Alamitos, finished second, 1 ¼ lengths in front of 9-2 second choice Elm Drive in third.
“It’s funny,” said Miyadi. “Her form doesn’t look like she is real speed, but she is. One day she is going to break running and wow everyone—I hope. As soon as (Elm Drive) kind of took back, Juan knew what to do and he took advantage of the situation.
“That nose (regarding her sole defeat in the Irish O’Brien) is going to haunt me for the rest of my life.”
Hernandez, who rode Becca Taylor for the first time in the Desert Stormer (G3) June 4 at Santa Anita, was impressed.
“It was almost the same race as last time,” he said. “She was a little aggressive away from there and really responded when I asked her in the stretch. She’s getting better and better.”