BENCH WARRANT HUGS RAIL AND WINS $58,000 SANTA ANITA ALLOWANCE BY A NOSE UNDER BAZE; SADLER TRAINEE TRANSITIONS FROM 1 1/16 MILES GRADE I LOS AL FUTURITY TO WIN DOWN HILLSIDE TURF

 

ARCADIA, Calif. (Jan. 15, 2015)–Bench Warrant took a steep drop in class, tried turf for the first time and cut back in distance to take Thursday’s $58,000 Santa Anita allowance feature by a nose under Tyler Baze, negotiating 6 ½ furlongs down the track’s hillside turf course in 1:13.19.

Fourth to highly regarded Kentucky Derby prospect Dortmund in the Grade I, 1 1/16 miles Los Alamitos Futurity on Dec. 20, the John Sadler-conditioned Bench Warrant hugged the rail throughout and was just up to nip Jazzy Josh and Victor Espinoza on the wire. The second choice in a field of eight 3-year-olds at 2-1, Bench Warrant paid $6.20, $3.80 and $2.80.

A close fifth crossing the dirt at the top of the lane behind fractions of 21.50, 44.39 and 1:07.31, Bench Warrant, a Kentucky-bred colt by Street Boss, got his second win from four starts and with the winner’s share of $34,800, he increased his earnings to $116,760. Bench Warrant is owned by Doubledown Stables, Inc.

“I know how good he is now,” said Baze. “I can’t wait, he’s still learning. He did get a little intimidated today. Victor was about three off the rail and then he came down and didn’t leave a whole lot of room for us. He’s a nice horse with a will to win. He handled the turf great, very push button. He’s on fire when I ask him.” (The temporary inner rail was set at 24 feet).

Breaking from the rail, Jazzy Josh showed good speed and just lost in a head-bob on the wire. Off at 9-2, he paid $5.20 and $3.60.

It was a length and a half back to Diamond Majesty, who rallied late for the show under Flavien Prat. Off at 7-1, Diamond Majesty paid $4.00 to show.

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