FAVORED DRESSED IN HERMES TAKES CHARGE LATE AND WINS $75,000 PASADENA STAKES BY THREE QUARTERS OF A LENGTH UNDER SMITH; ARMSTRONG’S SAN LUIS REY DOWNS SHIPPER GETS MILE ON TURF IN 1:37.71

first_imgARCADIA, Calif. (March 13, 2016)–A close third heading into the far turn, favored Dressed in Hermes rallied three-wide turning for home and overhauled pacesetter It’s The Ice a sixteenth of a mile from home en route to a three quarter length win under Mike Smith in Sunday’s $75,000 Pasadena Stakes at Santa Anita. Trained by San Luis Rey Downs-based Janet Armstrong, Dressed in Hermes got a mile over a turf course labeled “good” in 1:37.71.“We vanned up early yesterday and schooled him in the paddock yesterday afternoon,” said Armstrong. “We weren’t concerned about the soft turf because he ran a good fifth in the Breeders’ Cup (Juvenile Turf, one mile) at Keeneland last fall against some of the best horses in the world.”A 3-year-old gelding by the Sunday Silence stallion, Hat Trick, Dressed in Hermes was bred in Kentucky by his owner, Budget Stable. Off at 2-5 in a field of six 3-year-olds, Dressed in Hermes, who was a non-threatening fourth on dirt in the Grade III Robert B. Lewis Stakes Feb. 6, paid $2.80, $2.10 and $2.10. He now has three wins, all on turf, from seven starts and with the winner’s share of $47,700, his earnings are now $219,300.“He really is a nice horse to ride,” said Smith. “He has a little bit of pull, but the kind that you like. He gives you confidence the whole time. He’s a big horse so I was able to make my way out from the rail and down the backstretch, I let him stretch his legs out a little and it worked out great.“He gets a little discombobulated when he switches leads…I think if someone came up to him though, he would have fought back. I had plenty of horse left.”Ridden by Santiago Gonzalez, English-bred It’s The Ice was off at 3-1 and paid $2.80 and $2.10.Sorryaboutnothing sat second until deep stretch and ran gamely for third money under Mario Gutierrez, finishing a neck in front of an on-coming Arcature. Off at 24-1, Sorryaboutnothing paid $4.00 to show.Fractions on the race were 23.40, 48.14, 1:12.78 and 1:25.25.last_img read more

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CHAMPION MARE BEHOLDER TOWERS OVER RIVALS IN SUNDAY’S GRADE III, $100,000 ADORATION STAKES AT 1 1/16 MILES

first_imgARCADIA, Calif. (May 5, 2016)–A three time Eclipse Award winner, the great Beholder, idle since winning Santa Anita’s Grade I Zenyatta Stakes on Sept. 26, towers over five rivals as she makes her 6-year-old debut in Sunday’s Grade III, $100,000 Adoration Stakes at 1 1/16 miles.Following the Zenyatta, Beholder was shipped to Kentucky to face Triple Crown winner American Pharoah and other top males in the $5 million Breeders’ Cup Classic, but the highly anticipated showdown never materialized, as Beholder spiked a fever and was forced to the sidelines.Owned by B. Wayne Hughes’ Spendthrift Farm and trained by Richard Mandella, Beholder is an amazing 11 for 12 at Santa Anita and she has a long series of steady drills for her return to action on Sunday.“She’s had her serious works,” said Mandella following a three furlong blowout on Wednesday morning in 37.60. “We’re excited to have her back.”A winner of her last six starts, dating back to the 2014 Zenyatta, the Kentucky-bred mare by Henny Hughes will be ridden for the sixth consecutive time by Gary Stevens, who has won nine out of the 10 times he’s been aboard the legendary mare. With an overall mark of 20-15-3-0, Beholder has earnings of $4,436,600.Trainer Phil D’Amato’s California-bred Sheer Pleasure could be the second choice in the race as she comes off a solid half length win here versus state breds in the Dream of Summer Stakes on March 27. A three-time stakes winner, the 4-year-old Birdonthewire filly seeks her first graded win or placing in the Adoration.Owned by Little Red Feather Racing and RM Racing, Sheer Pleasure is 11-4-2-0 with earnings of $383,030. She’ll be ridden back by Martin Garcia.Race 5 (of 9)                                    Approximate post time 2:30 p.m. PDT THE GRADE III ADORATON STAKES IN POST POSITION ORDER WITH JOCKEYS & WEIGHTS Moyo Honey–Drayden Van Dyke–120All Star Bub–Rafael Bejarano–120She’s Reddy–Santiago Gonzalez–120Backintheacademy–Brayan Pena–120Sheer Pleasure–Martin Garcia–120Beholder–Gary Stevens–124Special first post time on Sunday, Mother’s Day at Santa Anita, is at 12:30 p.m. Admission gates open at 10:30 a.m. For scratches, changes and complete morning line information, please visit santaanita.com.last_img read more

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