ARCADIA, Calif. (March 3, 2017)–California-bred, Reddam Racing’s Dressed to a T, ridden for the first time by Corey Nakatani and trained by Ben Cecil, gradually wore down pacesetter Nine Point Nine late, taking Friday’s $58,000 Santa Anita allowance feature by one length while getting a mile and a quarter on turf in 2:00.36.
An even sixth at 15-1 in the mile and one half turf Astra Stakes here on Feb. 2, Dressed to a T, a 5-year-old Reddam Racing homebred by Square Eddie, was off at 5-2 in an open field of six older fillies and mares and paid $7.20, $3.40 and $2.40.
“It’s pretty tough to find mile and a quarter races for Cal-breds,” quipped Cecil. “I think she’s fine at a mile and one eighth, if the there’s a decent pace. Today, she got a perfect ride and it worked out. I think we’ll look at the Santa Barbara (Grade III, 1 ½ miles on turf, April 30) next. She needs to get some black type.”
With a Cal-bred or sired bonus of $17,400, Dressed to a T collected $45,240 for the win, increasing her earnings to $208,932. Her overall mark now stands at 13-4-2-1.
“I galloped her a couple times and I worked her last time,” said Nakatani. “I’m just glad to be in a position to take advantage of the opportunity and make the most of it.”
Ridden by Kent Desormeaux, Nine Point Nine opened up by some eight lengths after the first three quarters of a mile, but shortened stride late, finishing second by a head over favored Cheekaboo. Off at 8-1, Nine Point Nine paid $7.60 and $4.00.
While never threatening the winner, Cheekaboo finished one length in front of Salsita. Ridden by Mike Smith and a Grade II winner last June, Cheekaboo was off at 9-5 and paid $2.60 to show.
Fractions on the race were 22.68, 46.20, 1:10.21 and 1:35.11.
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