ARCADIA, Calif. (June 12, 2015)–Stonestreet Stables’ homebred Kulik Lodge overcame an eight month layoff to take Friday’s $63,000 allowance feature at Santa Anita by nose under Mike Smith while negotiating one mile on turf in 1:37.98.
Trained by Tom Proctor, the 5-year-old Kentucky-bred horse by Curlin sat a close second around the Club House turn, made the lead going into the far turn and was tenacious late, just holding off a determined challenge from favored Twentytwentyvision.
Off at 5-2 in a field of seven 3-year-olds and up, Kulik Lodge paid $7.60, $4.40 and $3.00.
“This horse, I swear, he loves a battle,” said Smith, who had ridden him to a pair of victories dating back to August 9 and Oct. 10. “He literally waits for someone to come up to him so he can battle. And as soon as they get to him, he locks on and it’s a fight…The credit goes to Proctor and his crew. He does a great job coming off a five month, six month or year layoff…He gets them right.”
Lightly raced, Kulik Lodge got his fourth win from five starts and with the winner’s share of $37,800, improved his earnings to $147,200.
Ridden by Flavien Prat, Twentytwentyvision sat just outside the winner the entire trip and just missed. Off as the 9-5 favorite, he finished three quarters of a length in front of Global View, and paid $2.80 and $2.60.
Global View, who is also trained by Proctor and was ridden by Gary Stevens, was off at 6-1 and paid $3.00 to show.
There is a Pick Six carryover into Saturday at Santa Anita of $57,859 and it’s expected the total Pick Six pool will approach $500,000. The Grade I, $400,000 Shoemaker Mile and the Grade III, $100,000 Adoration Stakes will highlight a nine-race program. First post time is at 12:30 p.m. and Admission gates open at 10:30 a.m.