Favored Blueskiesnrainbows was sent from the gate and dictated the pace throughout to take Saturday’s Grade 2, $200,000 San Pasqual Stakes by 1 1/4 lengths under Martin Pedroza, getting 1 1/16 miles in 1:43.17.

Trained by Jerry Hollendorfer, 5-year-old Blueskiesnrainbows came off a similar gate to wire win going 1 1/8 miles in the Grade 3 Native Diver Handicap and has now won three stakes from his last five starts, all in partnership with Pedroza.

“Everybody seems to think that he has to have the lead, but he doesn’t necessarily,” said Pedroza. “He’s not really quick from the gate, so you have to send him to get position. Once you get him going though, he’s okay.

“The reason we send him is because of that…It worked out well and I got the lead all to myself today. He galloped out strong, I had to fight him to pull him up.”

The 2-1 favorite in a field of seven, Blueskiesnrainbows paid $6.20, $4.20 and $2.80.

Owned by Kelly Mitchell’s Bad Boy Racing and Stanley Whisenant’s Whizway Farms, Blueskiesnrainbows picked up $120,000 for the win, increasing his bankroll

Blueskiesnrainbows set fractions of 23.88, 47.91, 1:12.20 and 1:36.75.

Bred in Virginia by Edward P. Evans, Blueskiesnrainbows improved his resume to 23-7-3-3, $669,552. He’s more than earned back his purchase price of $33,000 as a Keeneland September yearling.

The five-year-old chestnut is out of the Deputy Minister mare Cho Cho San and counts as a half-sister stakes heroine Cho Cho Cat. Blueskiesnrainbows’ second dam is multiple Grade 2 queen Dance Colony, who placed in a pair of Grade 1 contests while on track and also produced Grade 2 runner-up Big Prairie and multiple Grade 3-placed Gold Colony.

Dance Colony is herself a half-sibling to Grade 1-winning sire Another Review as well as Grade 1 victress and black-type producer No Review. She is a full sister to the dam of Grade 2 heroine Promenade Girl and stakes vixen Dattts Awesome.

Others of note in this female family include multiple Group 1-scoring sire Lyphard, multiple Grade 1-winning millionaire Urbane and Grade/Group 1 queen Nobiliary.

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