ARCADIA, Calif. (Feb. 6, 2014)–California-bred Peppy Bolly, an 8-1 longshot ridden by Tyler Baze, pressed the pace and prevailed by a half length to win Santa Anita’s fourth race Friday, a $58,000 first condition allowance for older fillies and mares at six furlongs. The complexion of the race changed dramatically passing the three eighths pole, as 3-5 favorite Cougarontheprowl, who was a half length clear of Peppy Bolly, broke down and was pulled up immediately by Mike Smith.
A well beaten fifth at the same condition going 6 ½ furlongs on Jan. 12, the Gary Mandella trainee showed marked improvement today, covering the distance in 1:09.84 after inheriting the lead around the far turn and then out-gaming runner-up Our Pure Creation and Rafael Bejarano the final quarter mile.
In a field of five, Peppy Bolly broke from the four post and paid $18.00, $7.40 and $6.20. Fractions on the race were 22.59, 45.36 and 57.19.
“We discovered a quarter crack after her last race,” said Mandella, who doubles as an analyst with HRTV. “I think that might’ve been bothering her going into that race and we thought she’d run better. That said, my heart bleeds for the connections of the favorite.
“Whether she’s as good a filly as the favorite, we may never know, but she got a great trip today and you have to admire her tenacity. She’s got a lot of heart, that’s always been her biggest asset.”
Owned by her breeders, Richard Glassman and Stuart Tempkin, Peppy Bolly picked up $45,240 for the win, boosting her earnings to $200,704. Her overall mark now stands at 22-4-7-3.
Our Pure Creation settled into a pocket trip down the backside and into the far turn, laying a comfortable third at the rail. When the favorite went wrong, she immediately spurted forward at the rail and engaged Peppy Bolly.
The longest shot at 13-1, Our Pure Creation paid $11.60 and $11.60.
It was some 9 ¼ lengths back to 2-1 second choice Fanny Brice and Joe Talamo. Last early, she finished 1 ¼ lengths in front of Kerrilynn and paid $4.40 to show.
Smith, who rode Cougarontheprowl for trainer Mike Puype, was taken to the track’s First Aid station and was cleared to ride his remaining mounts.
Racing resumes at Santa Anita on Friday, with first post time at 1 p.m. Admission gates open at 11 a.m.