ARCADIA, Calif. (May 13, 2016)–Lightly raced Atascadero sat close to the pace throughout and fought off all challengers the final quarter mile en route to an impressive three quarter length win in Friday’s $58,000 allowance for California-bred or sired horses three and up. Ridden by Martin Garcia and trained by Jerry Hollendorfer, Atascadero, a 4-year-old gelding by Eskendereya, got 1 1/16 miles in 1:43.34.
The 7-2 second choice in a field of eight, Atascadero paid $9.20, $4.40 and $3.20. Owned by his breeders, Al Graziani and Joe Russell, Atascadero, who was trying two turns for the first time in his fourth career start, improved his record to 4-2-1-1 and with the winner’s share of $34,800, increased his earnings to $82,720.
Breaking from post position six, Atascadero sat second to longshot pacesetter Start a Runnin to the five sixteenths pole, took command and repelled a stubborn challenge from runner-up Matriculate while securing the victory.
Ridden by Tyler Baze, Matriculate appeared to be in the garden spot turning for home, but had to settle for second, as he finished 1 ½ lengths in front of Ultimate Luck. Off at 5-1, Matriculate paid $4.80 and $3.80.
Ultimate Luck, who was next to last turning for home, saved ground throughout and easily out-finished heavily favored Prime Issue for third by a length and a quarter. Ridden by Edwin Maldonado, Ultimate Luck was off at 8-1 and paid $3.60 to show.
Fractions on the race were 23.17, 46 flat, 1:10.06 and 1:36.53.
First post time for an 11-race card on Saturday at Santa Anita is at 2 p.m. Admission gates open at 11:30 a.m.