ARCADIA, Calif. (Jan. 24, 2016)–With the aptly named Rocket Heat blasting through fractions of 20.98, 42.82 and 1:06.25, Coastline, with Tyler Baze up, came flying up the rail to take command inside the sixteenth pole and win Sunday’s $75,000 Clockers’ Corner Stakes by 1 ¼ lengths. Trained by Phil D’Amato, Coastline covered 6 ½ furlongs down Santa Anita’s hillside turf course in 1:12.68.
“It was a perfect trip today,” said Baze. “He jumped a little bit when we crossed the dirt (at the top of the stretch) but I rode him with a lot of confidence.”
Second, beaten a neck in the Grade III Daytona Stakes down the hill on Dec. 26, Coastline, a 5-year-old Kentucky-bred horse by Speightstown, was off at 5-1 in a field of 10 older horses and paid $12.20, $5.20 and $3.80.
“It looked like it was going to be close, but this horse is such a fighter,” said D’Amato. “Once he got his head in there, he just inched away and gave a good performance…I think he’ll go two turns. We’ll take a look, see what’s out there and go from there.”
Owned by Agave Racing Stable and Jaam Racing, Inc., Coastline, who notched his first win from two tries over the course, improved his overall mark to 19-5-3-3. With the winner’s share of $46,800, he increased his earnings to $336,806.
Ridden by Edwin Maldonado, Rocket Heat was off as the 5-2 favorite and paid $3.80 and $3.20.
“That’s his game, you gotta let him roll,” said Maldonado, who, with the temporary inner rail set at 30 feet, opened up by 3 ½ lengths after the first half mile. “I tried to get him to relax without choking him down. The winner went in 12 and change, that’s pretty fast.”
Ridden by Flavien Prat, English-bred Cape Wolfe rallied for third money, finishing 1 ¼ lengths in front of deep closer Bench Warrant. Off at 13-1, Cape Wolfe paid $7.60 to show.
Racing resumes at Santa Anita on Thursday, with first post time at 1 p.m. Admission gates open at 11 a.m.