ARCADIA, Calif. (June 18, 2015)–Kaleem Shah’s Caminetto wore down favored Cherubim late to take Thursday’s $60,000 allowance feature at Santa Anita by a head under Martin Garcia. Trained by Bob Baffert, Caminetto got six furlongs in 1:08.87.
Breaking from post position seven in a field of eight three year olds and up, Caminetto rallied four-wide turning for home and was just up to win on the money.
“When we got to the stretch, he just decided to take off,” said Garcia. “He’s learning more. Before, he was a run-off type horse and now he’s more mature and he’s more fit.
Second at the same allowance condition last out on May 21, Caminetto was off as the 5-2 second choice and paid $7.40, $3.40 and $2.80. A 6-year-old gelding by Stormy Atlantic, he improved his record to 8-3-3-1 and with the winner’s take of $36,000, hiked his earnings to $150,650.
“I figured he’d be a little closer to the early lead, but then I looked at the time and they were going 21, 43…The way it worked out, I think it was better where we were, actually,” said Baffert assistant Jim Barnes, who returned to Santa Anita this morning along with Triple Crown winner, American Pharoah. “We had to get up pretty early this morning in Louisville, because we had to get a horse out early to fly to Ohio. It’s great to be back home.”
Ridden by Tiago Pereira, Cherubim angled inside eventual third place finisher Heir of Storm going to the quarter pole, took command a furlong out and finished 3 ¼ lengths clear of Heir of Storm. Off at 8-5, Cherubim paid $3.20 and $2.40.
Ridden by Gary Stevens, Heir of Storm, who set the early pace, finished 1 ½ lengths in front of Drover Crazy for third money. Off at 9-2, Heir of Storm paid $2.80 to show.
Fractions on the race were 21.45, 43.97 and 55.95.
First post time on Friday at Santa Anita is at 4 p.m. Admission gates open for simulcasting at 11 a.m.