ARCADIA, Calif. (March 4, 2018)–Idle since third in a Grade I stakes in September, California-bred Take the One O One overcame his rail post position to defeat heavily favored Surfing Star by a half length in Sunday’s $56,000 Santa Anita allowance feature. Ridden by Joe Talamo and trained by Brian Koriner, Take the One O One, a 3-year-old colt by former Eclipse Award Champion Acclamation, got 6 ½ furlongs over a fast track in 1:15.82.
“Brian’s done a great job bringing this horse back,” said Talamo, who has ridden Take the One O One in all four of his previous starts. “Obviously, we didn’t like drawing the rail first time back, but he broke sharply and he put me in a good position. I had a lot of horse down the lane and I flagged him a couple times to keep him focused.”
With longshot Sir Valentine breaking on top, the winner made the lead at the rail after the first quarter mile, opened up about a length and a half on a looming Surfing Star turning for home and was all out to win by a diminishing margin.
Owned by Samantha Siegel’s Jay Em Ess Stable, Take the One O One, who was beaten 10 ¼ lengths by top Derby prospect Bolt d’Oro in the Grade I FrontRunner Stakes here Sept. 30, was the second choice at 7-5 in a field of five California-bred or sired 3-year-olds and paid $4.80, $2.40 and $2.10.
Bred in California by Tom Bachman, Take the One O One is out of the Jump Start mare North Freeway. With the winner’s share of $33,600, he increased his earnings to $114,945. His overall mark now stands at 5-2-1-1.
Breaking from the far outside, Surfing Star was attentive to the pace while an improving third around the far turn, appeared to get on terms with the winner while three deep a quarter mile from home and found his best stride late in a big effort, finishing five lengths clear of Minoso.
An impressive first-out winner here on Feb. 15, Surfing Star was the 4-5 favorite with Rajiv Maragh and paid $2.20 and $2.10.
Last around the far turn with Corey Nakatani, Minoso was the longshot in the field at 19-1 and paid $3.20 to show.
Fractions on the race were 22.16, 45.29 and 1:09.53.
Racing resumes on Thursday with an eight race card. First post time is at 1 p.m. and admission gates open at 11 a.m.