ARCADIA, Calif. (Jan. 5, 2018)–A joint third while full of run a furlong out, Steve Moger’s Gotham Desire found room between horses and surged to a half length win under Tiago Pereira in Friday’s $56,000 allowance feature at Santa Anita. Trained by Moger’s brother, Ed Moger, Jr., Gotham Desire, who was adding blinkers and trying grass for the first time, got 6 ½ furlongs down the hillside turf course in 1:14.12.
“I had so much horse…I smooched to her and we got through,” said Pereira, who was aboard for the first time in Gotham Desire’s five-race career. “She was much the best and we were lucky to get through.”
Off at 16-1 in a field of 10 older fillies and mares bred or sired in California, the 4-year-old daughter of Gotham City paid $34.60, $14.00 and $9.20.
Idle since well beaten at the same level on dirt Nov. 26 at Del Mar, Gotham Desire, who broke her maiden at first asking in a maiden $25,000 claimer run over Golden Gate Field’s synthetic Tapeta, improved her record to 5-3-0-0. With the winner’s share of $33,600, she increased her earnings to $55,115.
Last turning for home, Winemenow finished with a rush while wide-out under Joe Talamo to nip Promnesia by a half length for second money. Off at 9-2, Winemenow paid $6.00 and $4.40.
Ridden by Kent Desormeaux, Promnesia was off at 10-1 and paid $7.80 to show.
Fractions on the race were 21.61, 44.49 and 1:07.98.
First post time for a nine-race card on Saturday, that will include the Grade III Sham Stakes and the Grade II San Gabriel, is set for 12:30 p.m. Admission gates open at 10:30 a.m. For additional information, please visit www.santaanita.com.