ARCADIA, Calif. (May 12, 2017)–Idle since Aug. 6 at Del Mar, trainer Richard Mandella’s Bombard came back fresh and ready Friday at Santa Anita, as he registered an impressive gate to wire score in the track’s $56,000 allowance feature, winning by 2 ¼ lengths while getting 6 ½ furlongs down the hillside turf course in 1:11.73.
“He’s grown up some,” said Mandella. “He’s always been a big colt, but he seemed to grow into himself during the time off and hopefully he’s ready to progress from here. We’ll look at stretching him out to a mile, but it’s pretty nice to know he can run six and a half down this hill, too.”
Off at 4-1 in a field of eight 3-year-olds and up, Bombard, a 4-year-old colt by War Front, paid $10.20, $4.80 and $4.20.
Owned by Claiborne Farm, Ramona S. Bass and Dilschneider, Bombard, who has raced exclusively on turf in all six of his career starts, improved his record to 2-2-1. With the winner’s share of $33,600, he increased his bankroll to $102,020.
Ridden by Tyler Baze, American League stalked the winner throughout and finished second, 1 ¼ lengths in front of Taima the Hawk. Off at 6-1, American League paid $6.00 and $3.60.
Next to last early, Taima the Hawk rallied for third under Joe Talamo. Off at 7-1, he paid $3.80 to show.
Fractions on the race were 21.45, 43.37 and 1:05.98.
First post time for a nine-race card on Saturday at Santa Anita is at 1 p.m. Admission gates open at 11 a.m.