ARCADIA, Calif. (June 17, 2016)–Despite being away from the races since Oct. 17, California-bred Majestic Heat was hammered down to even money favoritism and she ran to the betting, taking Friday’s $60,000 Santa Anita allowance feature by 1 ¼ lengths under Flavien Prat. A close fourth in the Grade III, one mile turf Autumn Miss Stakes last time out, she got the distance in 1:34.62, in her second start for trainer Richard Mandella.
Ridden confidently by Prat, Majestic Heat was taken in-hand early, settled into sixth position around the Club House turn until mid-way on the far turn when he angled his mount three off the rail en route to a decisive victory under energetic handling.
“It looks like there’s a lot more ‘there, there,'” said an elated Madeline Auerbach, who is the filly’s co-owner and breeder and also serves as a commissioner on the California Horse Racing Board. “I bet a total of $22 in all my combos. Watching Richard with her in the mornings has been like watching magic. We’re excited.”
Even money in an open second condition allowance that attracted a field of nine fillies and mares, three and up, Majestic Heat paid $4.00, $2.80 and $2.60.
A 4-year-old filly by Unusual Heat out of the Ole’ mare Chi Chi Nette, Majestic Heat is co-owned by Bardy Farm and was also bred in-part by Barry Abrams, who trained her for her first six starts, prior to retiring recently. She now has three wins from eight starts and with the winner’s share of $46,800 (which includes a $10,800 California Owners Incentive Fund bonus), she increased her earnings to $169,294.
“She’s shown she’s a good filly,” said Mandella. “She just needed to get her game together and she got it together pretty good today. We told Flavien to try and get her in a position where she was comfortable. When he asked her, it looked like he had plenty of horse.”
Ridden by Victor Espinoza, Jade Princess sat second virtually the entire trip and ended up second best, finishing a half length in front of Frenzified. Off at 5-1, Jade Princess paid $4.80 and $4.20.
Breaking from the one post, English-bred Frenzified sat a close third around the far turn while hugging the rail. Ridden by Santiago Gonzalez, she angled out to the two-path a furlong out and was finishing well late. Off at 16-1, she finished 1 ¼ lengths in front of Qiaona and paid $7.80 to show.
Fractions on the race were 22.59, 46.00, 1:10.47 and 1:22.68.
First post time for a nine-race card on Saturday is at 1:30 p.m. Undefeated Eclipse Champion Songbird headlines Saturday’s feature, the Grade II, $200,000 Summertime Oaks. Admission gates open on Saturday at 11:30 a.m.