ARCADIA, Calif. — Santa Anita’s runaway leading rider, Flavien Prat sat a perfect trip aboard favored Canadian Pride who overtook tenacious front-runner Took Charge in deep stretch to win Friday’s $72,000 Santa Anita allowance feature by 2 ¼ lengths. Trained by Peter Eurton, Canadian Pride got 6 ½ furlongs in 1:16.09.
With Took Charge going to the lead as expected from his rail post position, Canadian Pride sat a measured second, one length off the lead into the far turn while multiple stakes winning Fashionably Fast laid third, a length behind the eventual winner.
Turning for home, Took Charge showed no signs of weakening and gave way grudgingly when Canadian Pride headed him leaving the furlong marker.
“It helped a lot with the speed to our inside, instead of my horse having to be covered and then work out a trip where he’d be sitting outside,” said Eurton. “We freshened him up coming into this meet and he came up a little empty on me last time (third at the same level going six furlongs on Dec. 31), but he always runs better in his second start…We’ll just enjoy this one and see what happens.”
Off as the 9-5 favorite in a field of five older horses, Canadian Pride, a 5-year-old gelding by Creative Cause, paid $5.80, $3.20 and $2.20.
Owned by Lee and Susan Searing’s C R K Stable, Canadian Pride notched his third win from 12 overall starts and with the winner’s share of $43,200, increased his earnings to $177,700.
With one race remaining on Friday, Prat rang up his third win on the day, making 39 for the meet, 17 better than John Velazquez.
Ridden by apprentice Diego Herrera and trained by Richard Baltas, Took Charge was clearly second best on the day, finishing three lengths in front of Fashionably Fast. Off at 2-1, Took Charge paid $3.00 and $2.20.
Ridden by Abel Cedillo, Fashionably Fast got a perfect stalking trip but came up empty through the drive while finishing some 8 ½ lengths clear of Vittorio. Off at 5-2, Fashionably Fast paid $2.40 to show.
Fractions on the race were 21.94, 44.77 and 1:09.52Racing resumes with first post time for a nine-race card, including three graded stakes on Saturday at 12:30 p.m. Admission gates will open at 10:30 a.m.
Santa Anita Press Release
Photo: Canadian Pride: Benoit Photo