WITH CAL-BRED INCENTIVE BONUS OF $17,400 INCLUDED, WINNER BANKS $57,180
ARCADIA, Calif. (Oct. 5, 2017)–Attentive to the pace throughout, California-bred Anatolian Heat edged by favored Mr Vargas a sixteenth of a mile from home to take Thursday’s $51,000 Santa Anita allowance feature by 2 ¼ lengths under Israel Ocampo. Trained by Peter Miller, the 4-year-old Unusual Heat gelding got 6 ½ furlongs down the hillside turf course in 1:12.09.
A first condition allowance winner with Ocampo going five furlongs on turf versus state-breds Sept. 3, Anatolian Heat took the jump into open company with aplomb and registered his third overall victory from 13 starts.
“I had a lotta horse all the way today,” said Ocampo. “I think with the layoff, he was more mature today and he seemed better with a target, sitting right off the six horse (Mr Vargas).”
Off at 8-1 in a field of 10 three year olds and up, Anatolian Heat paid $19.20, $7.40 and $4.20. Owned and bred by Anatolia, Inc., Anatolian Heat, who is out of the Woodman mare Anatolian Queen, picked up a winner’s check of $39,780. With a Cal-bred bonus of $17,400, his total earnings on the day amounted to $57,180, bringing his career bankroll to $159,500.
Ridden by Evin Roman, Mr Vargas, as expected, blasted clear early, enjoyed a two length advantage on the winner at the top of the lane and finished second by a diminishing three quarters of a length over longshot Trifecta.
Off at 8-5, Mr Vargas paid $3.60 and $2.80.
Ridden by Joe Talamo, Trifecta flew from last to finish a neck in front of Cheekaboomboom. Off at 12-1, Trifecta paid $6.20 to show.
Fractions on the race, all set by Mr Vargas, were 21.79, 43.57 and 1:06.14.
Racing resumes with an eight-race card on Friday with first post time at 1 p.m.
There is a two-day carryover into Friday’s Pick Six of $266,793. Track officials project Friday’s total Pick Six pool will exceed $1 million.