ARCADIA, Calif. (Oct. 30, 2016)–Under patient handling from Norberto Arroyo, Jr., 6-year-old gelding A Red Tie Day found room turning for home and finished powerfully to win Sunday’s $70,000 Lure Stakes at one mile on turf. Trained by Richard Baltas, A Red Tie Day got the distance in 1:34.82.
“This horse is very versatile,” said Arroyo, who rode him to a close fifth place finish here in the Grade II John Henry Turf Championship at a mile and a quarter on Oct. 2. “He can go to the lead, or he can sit just off it. Today, we were up close and it looked like everybody was going at the quarter pole. I knew I had a lot of horse and I didn’t want to get him stopped, so I waited and it paid off.”
Owned by Bloom Racing Stable, LLC, A Red Tie Day was off at 9-2 in a field of eight and paid $11.60, $6.40 and $3.20.
A Kentucky-bred gelding by Indygo Shiner, A Red Tie Day collected his fifth career win (all on turf) from 18 overall starts. With the winner’s share of $43,440, he increased his earnings to $251,308.
“He’s just been a really nice, honest horse,” said Baltas, who collected his 10th win of the Autumn Meet, good for fourth in the trainer standings. “He was gelded four races ago. He’s an older horse but he’s really coming into his own now.”
Ridden by Gary Stevens, Perfectly Majestic made a sustained run from off the pace and finished full of run to be second, a neck in front of favored Twentytwentyvision. Off at 7-1, Perfectly Majestic paid $6.40 and $3.00.
Ridden by Flavien Prat, Twentytwentyvision sat a close second behind early leader Little Curlin until the quarter pole, and then went head and head with him through the lane and had to settle for third money, while prevailing by a head. Off at even money, “Twentytwenty” paid $2.20 to show.
Fractions on the race were 24.51, 48.73, 1:12.37 and 1:23.70.
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