ARCADIA, Calif. (May 24, 2018)–Unplaced in three graded stakes last year, Big Chief Racing’s Sorry Erik served notice on Thursday at Santa Anita that he may be ready to test the graded waters again soon as he led throughout to take the day’s one mile, $58,000 allowance feature by three quarters of a length under Kent Desormeaux. Trained by Kent’s brother Keith, Sorry Erik got the distance in 1:37.81.
“I’m hoping he’s my next handicap horse,” said Kent. “He’s been working lights out, so it’s great to see him run like this. It looks like Keith’s done it again.”
Idle since July 22, Sorry Erik came back to run third, beaten 3 ¼ lengths at this same one mile, twice other than allowance condition on April 22 and in his second start of the year, was the 6-5 favorite today amongst a field of six 3-year-olds and up and paid $4.60, $2.80 and $2.20.
Claimed for $20,000 eight starts back on Jan. 6, 2017, he was an even fourth in the Grade III Ohio Derby three races back on June 24. With today’s win, the 4-year-old Kentucky-bred colt by Wilburn now has five wins from 15 starts. With the winner’s share of $34,800, he now has earnings of $211,070.
Second the entire trip, Magic Mark, who had been away since July 8, kept to his task every step of the way and finished 4 ¼ lengths in front of River Echo.
Ridden by Martin Garcia, Magic Mark was off at 5-1 and paid $4.00 and $2.40.
English-bred River Echo made the trifecta into a parade, as he tracked in third the entire way and finished 6 ½ lengths in front Point Piper.
The second choice at 2-1 with Flavien Prat, River Echo paid $2.20 to show.
Fractions on the race were 24.10, 47.94, 1:12.47 and 1:24.82.
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