ARCADIA, Calif. (June 17, 2018)–Bombard settled into a perfect tracking trip under Flavien Prat en route to a gutsy half length win in Sunday’s $80,000 Siren Lure Stakes at Santa Anita. Trained by Richard Mandella, the 5-year-old War Front gelding got 6 ½ furlongs down the hillside turf course in 1:13.38.
Breaking sharply from his number seven post position, Bombard was taken in-hand by Prat, who was content to let Tiz a Billy and Acceptance duel for the lead to the dirt crossing, where Bombard pounced while three-wide and in an extra-game effort, out-ran Cistron, who was to his immediate outside, to the wire.
“We bombarded ’em,” quipped Mandella. “He’s a really game horse, as you saw. He’s won easier, but he showed he can really fight today.”
A downhill turf allowance winner here on May 3, Bombard was off at 7-2 in a field of 11 three year olds and up and paid $9.60, $5.00 and $3.40.
“He broke super sharp and put me in the right spot,” said Prat. “He just floated to the wire today. He’s really been improving since he’s been running down the hill. He just keeps moving forward.”
Owned by Claiborne Farm, Ramona S. and Perry R. Bass II and Adele B. Dilschneider, Bombard, who is out of the Distorted Humor mare Witty, notched his first stakes win and now has three wins from five hillside turf starts. With the winner’s share of $51,300, he now has earnings of $195,080 from an overall mark of 9-4-2-2.
Cistron, who was a close fourth, just in behind the winner at the dirt crossing, finished a half length in front of Perfectly Majestic. Off at 9-1 with Rafael Bejarano, Cistron paid $9.20 and $5.60.
Next to last after the first quarter mile, Perfectly Majestic rallied well through the lane to finish third, a half length in front of favored B Squared. Ridden by Corey Nakatani, Perfectly Majestic was off at 7-1 and paid $4.80 to show.
Fractions on the race were 21.49, 44.14 and 1:07.29.
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