Paddle On Polly became the first winner for first-crop sire Smokem when she narrowly took a $67,000 maiden contest for California-bred juveniles in the second race May 13 at Santa Anita Park. Running second and third behind her in a three-horse photo were a pair of other fillies by the stallion.
Making her second start after a debut fourth at Santa Anita April 30, Paddle On Polly shot to the front in the 4 1/2-furlong dash on the main track and maintained a slight advantage throughout. She turned aside Smokem for You leaving the turn and outlasted hard-charging It's Saul Right for a head victory. She was timed in :54.18 on a fast track, paying $26.80.
Apprentice Emily Ellingwood rode the winner for trainer Lisa Bernard, who co-owns the filly with Chris Fosselman and Michael John Ryan.
Ryan purchased the Terry C. Lovingier-bred filly for $10,000 from the Lovacres Ranch consignment to the 2021 Fasig-Tipton California Fall Yearlings and Horses of All Ages Sale.
Besides the top three finishers from Friday's second race, Smokem is the sire of Smokin Amelia, who ran a distant second to eventual stakes winner Tom's Regret in a maiden special weight race at Santa Anita April 15.