ARCADIA, Calif. (Jan. 12, 2018)–Walter Johnson he isn’t but The Big Train found a way on Friday at Santa Anita, as he rolled from off the pace under Corey Nakatani to take Santa Anita’s $56,000 allowance feature by three quarters of a length. Conditioned by Peter Miller, The Big Train, no doubt named for the legendary Hall of Fame fire-balling right hander, got a mile and one eighth on turf in 1:48.28.
Winless in five starts last year, the 5-year-old gelding by Peppered Cat was a close second in his most recent start on Nov. 16 at Del Mar, but had but one win from 15 starts coming into Friday.
Off at 3-1 in a field of eight older horses bred or sired in California, The Big Train paid $8.40, $3.40 and $2.80.
Owned by Wachtel Stable and Gary Barber, The Big Train is now 16-2-5-1. With the winner’s check of $33,600, he increased his earnings to $123,493.
Ridden by Flavien Prat, Six Point Rack wheeled three-wide turning for home and made the lead a sixteenth of a mile out but had to settle for second money, finishing 2 ¼ lengths in front of longshot Plain Wrap.
Off at 5-1, Six Point Rack paid $5.00 and $3.40.
With Saul Arias up, Plain Wrap was the longest shot in the field at 79-1 and paid $11.00 to show.
Fractions on the race were 22.30, 46.11, 1:10.15 and 1:35.63.
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