TWO-DAY PICK SIX CARRYOVER OF $147,922 INTO FRIDAY, TOTAL POOL SHOULD EXCEED $1 MILLION
ARCADIA, Calif. (Oct. 30, 2014)–Favored Regally Ready, ridden by Rosie Napravnik, called upon his considerable class to win Thursday’s $75,000 Big Bear Stakes at Santa Anita by a half length, as he negotiated a flat mile in 1:35.65.
Breaking from the outside in a field of eight 3-year-olds and up, Regally Ready was a close sixth around the Club House turn as speedy Blueskiesnrainbows set a fast pace under Martin Pedroza. Regally Ready pounced on the pacesetter and Blue Tone three furlongs from home and held off a fast-closing Stryker Phd for the victory.
“This is such a cool horse,” said Napravnik, who has won all five of her engagements with Regally Ready (four of them stakes). “He’s done it every different way for me. Steve has done such an incredible job with him and has kept him going into his older years and doing everything with him from sprint, to dirt, to long.
“They were rollin’ up front (22.77, 46.77, 1:10.67 and 1:22.79) so I was further back and ended up having to let him run a little more in the beginning than I usually do. I just sat on him and he grabbed a hold of me at the half mile pole and I had to say ‘easy buddy, we’re not ready yet.’ I had a ton of horse.”
Off at 9-5, Regally Ready paid $5.60, $3.60 and $3.00. Owned by Vinery Stables, LLC, Regally Ready, a 7-year-old gelding by More Than Ready, notched his fourth stakes win of the year and improved his overall mark to 37-16-2-6. With the winner’s share of $47,700, he increased his earnings to $1,654,506.
“He’s obviously had a great year,” said Santa Anita President Tom Ludt, who races under the nom de course of Vinery Stables. “It’s unfortunate that I didn’t get into the Breeders’ Cup (Grade I, $1 million Turf Sprint) with him and I respect that decision, but he’s the real deal.”
Asmussen, who will send out heavily favored Untapable in Friday’s Grade I Breeders’ Cup Distaff, is understandably fond of his stable veteran.
“This is just an amazing horse,” said Asmussen. “He’s having a great year and horses like this just make you love racing.”
Last early, Stryker Phd, winner of the Grade III Longacres Mile Aug. 24 at Emerald Downs near Seattle, was off at 6-1 with Leslie Mawing and paid $6.20 and $4.00.
The longest shot in the field at 49-1, Argentine-bred Safety Belt, with Tyler Baze up, finished a rush between horses and missed the place by a head. He paid $11.00 to show.
There is a two-day Pick Six carryover into Friday of $147,922 and it’s expected Friday’s total pool will exceed $1 million. Additionally, the two-day Breeders’ Cup World Championships begin Friday. First post time for a 10-race card, highlighted by the Grade I, $2 million Longines Breeders’ Cup Distaff, is at 11:25 a.m. Admission gates open at 9 a.m.