While Arrogate creamed the competition in Dubai, even after missing the break and ending up last, regular racing continued on the West Coast at Santa Anita. Mike Smith admitted he missed the start on Arrogate but thought in his head, “I’ll just ride him like Zenyatta.” And true to form, Arrogate charged from the back and roared through the pack to win, becoming the richest race horse in North America. Business as usual for the gray Baffert colt.
Not business as usual in the 1st at Santa Anita, when Success Rate, at odds of 23 to 1, came home to win after gaining the lead mid stretch. Under Santiago Gonzalez, Success Rate started a wave of long shot winners. Zuri Chop and Israel Ocampo got the place, and Unusual Fleet, with Rafael Bejarano took the show. The winning exacta paid $162.30.
In the 2nd, Martin Pedroza guided gray, Reconciling into the winner’s circle at odds of 16 to 1, just edging out favorite, Summertimemischief. Reconciling came out at the turn and ran three wide down the stretch but came on willingly towards the wire to pay $35.20 for a win bet. The winning double of Success Rate and Reconciling paid a whopping $910.00.
Another favorite was dusted when What a Ten and Edwin Maldonado inched away from Sheza Firstsamurai and Stewart Elliott to win the 3rd. Odds were not as heavy in this race, with the winner being 3 to 1 and the winning exacta only paying $10.20.
The trend continued when race time favorite, Fritz Johansen and Victor Espinoza were left behind in the stretch run in the 4th. Sky Preacher stalked the pace under Rafael Bejarano and ran down the leaders between horses. Poshsky and Kent Desormeaux held the place, and Yes Yes Yes, with Martin Pedroza got up to get the show. Espinoza lost the whip on Fritz Johansen and settled for fourth. Poshsky was claimed by trainer, John Brocklebank, and Fritz
Johansen will join the barn of Mark Glatt.
Buy Me A Drink gave Stewart Elliott a win as he cleared the field in the stretch to win the 5th. At odds of 4 to 1, the Atticus filly had good early speed and kicked away. Ciopinno Pasadino was clearly second best, under Joseph Talamo, and favorite, Venezuelan Gold and Victor Espinoza took the show.
Tiago Pereira and Helen Hillary perhaps put on the best show of the day in the 6th. Scandal and Corey Nakatani were the clear favorite at the break and lead the field late. As they headed to the wire, they were three deep, but Scandal got her nose out in front. She however was edged out by a small margin as Helen Hillary drove down to the wire and got the win at odds of 50 to 1. The winner paid $106.40 and the double paid $317.80.
In the 7th a favorite finally prevailed when What’sontheagenda took the lead and held it to win, giving Tiago Pereira his second victory on the card. Zap Again and Martin Pedroza got up late to get the place, at 7 to 1, and 2 to 1 shot, Lookie Loo and Martin Garcia got the show. Pereira’s winning double paid $428.20. Doubles apparently were the way to go on this Saturday if you wanted to make some good money.
The 7th though was the only race a favorite would win. It seemed clear that Giant Influence would take the 8th, however he didn’t have much left in the final furlong and weakened. This left it open to Curlin Road, who was off slow but prevailed in the end under jockey, Santiago Gonzalez. Indygo Holiday and Martin Pedroza battled Curlin Road to the wire but were best of the rest. Dr. Go and Gary Stevens took the show, and Giant Influence and Tyler Baze were fourth.
In the 9th and final race of the day, the clear betting favorite was champion, Ashleyluvssugar, who was all set to take the only stakes, the San Luis Ray. Though he lead almost the entire way around the track, he had nothing left in the end and faded under Gary Stevens. Itsinthepost and Tyler Baze took advantage and got the win, at odds of 7 to 1. Long shot, Syntax, at 27 to 1, ran down the leaders late to get the place, with Rafael Bejarano aboard. The final winning exacta paid out $173.20, and with Ashleyluvssugar rounding out the finish, the trifecta scored a big $794.60.
Some really nice payouts, if you were lucky to have a winning ticket, however nobody got the Pick 6, so there will be a large carryover for Sunday!