ARCADIA, Calif. (June 25, 2017)–There’s a new 19-year-old kid in town. Top apprentice jockey Evin Roman was the story on Sunday at Santa Anita, as he notched his first career stakes win and fourth of the day aboard Jerry Hollendorfer’s Street Surrender in the $75,000 Southern Truce Stakes. Sent from the gate, the 4-year-old Kentucky-bred filly by Street Boss was headed by even money favorite Nickname and Mike Smith approaching the quarter pole, but Roman had plenty in reserve as Street Surrender shook loose turning for home and went on to a 1 ¾ length win while getting a mile and one sixteenth in 1:43.43.
The win gave Roman, who along with his veteran agent, Tony Matos, is a native of Puerto Rico, 34 through 39 days of racing at the current Spring Meet, just one shy of Flavien Prat with five days remaining.
“I don’t want to think about it!” said Matos when queried as to whether he thought his rider had enough “live” mounts to win the riding title by closing day, Tuesday, July 4. “He’s very, very talented. I’ve had some great apprentices, I won Eclipse Awards with Frankie Lovato, Jr. (1980) and with Christian Santiago Reyes (2009).
“I had Corey Nakatani and he was a very talented apprentice. Evin ranks with all of them…I’ve been blessed and I was very fortunate to get this kid from Puerto Rico.”
Second in her most recent start at the same distance, the restricted Santa Lucia Stakes on June 4, Street Surrender was off at 5-2 in a field of five fillies and mares three and up and paid $7.00, $2.80 and $2.40.
“This filly has been settling down and doing really well lately, so we thought we might have a chance today,” said Hollendorfer, who named Roman to ride without an apprentice weight allowance at 124 pounds. “I think it’s great that Evin was able to win his first stakes race. He did very good, did a good job. No problems today.”
Owned by West Point Thoroughbreds, Street Surrender, like her jockey, notched her first career stakes win and improved her overall mark to 15-6-3-1. With the winner’s share of $47,400, she increased her earnings to $198,425.
Trained by Richard Mandella, Nickname was clearly second best on the day, finishing 3 ¾ lengths in front of That’s a Lady. Off at even money, Nickname paid $2.60 and $2.20.
Ridden by Kyle Frey, That’s a Lady was third throughout and finished 4 ¼ lengths clear of Lady Tapit. Off at 14-1, That’s a Lady paid $3.20 to show.
Fractions on the race, named in honor of retired trainer Roger Stein’s multiple Grade I winner, were 23.55, 46.84, 1:11.08 and 1:36.54.
Coincidentally, Nakatani, who guided Southern Truce to victory in the Grade I Santa Margarita Invitational here in 1993, was on hand to present the trophy.