ARCADIA, Calif. (April 7, 2017)–A joint fourth while attentive to the pace going into the Club House turn, Al and Sandee Kirkwood’s All That Heat scraped paint at the rail turning for home and kicked clear en route to an impressive 2 ¼ length win in Friday’s $56,000 Santa Anita allowance feature. Ridden by Flavien Prat and trained by Mark Glatt, the 4-year-old Unusual Heat filly got a flat mile on turf in 1:34.97.
Favored at 2-1 in a field of nine California-bred or sired fillies and mares three and up, she paid $6.80, $3.40 and $2.60.
“She really kicked away nice today,” said Glatt, who notched his second win on the day and also, along with the owners, won his second consecutive weekday feature. “One of these times, I’d like to get her in a race going a mile and one eighth on turf. I think she’ll get that distance. She’s a very nice filly. We’ve had a couple setbacks. Maybe she can develop into a Cal-bred stakes winner.”
With the win, All That Heat is now 11-2-1-4, and with the winner’s check of $33,600, she increased her earnings to $111,691.
The second choice in the wagering at 5-2, Golden Light followed the winner around the far turn and bested pacesetter Sea Smoke by one length for second. Ridden by Santiago Gonzalez, Golden Light paid $4.40 and $3.20.
Overtaken by the winner turning for home, Sea Smoke, who was ridden by Rafael Bejarano, was off at 7-2 and paid $3.40 to show.
Fractions on the race were 23.20, 47.24, 1:11.63 and 1:23.57.
Special first post time for blockbuster 11-race card, highlighted by the Grade I, $1 million Santa Anita Derby, is at 12 noon on Saturday. Admission gates open at 10 a.m.