ARCADIA, Calif. (May 26, 2017)–Although forced to check off heels going into the far turn, Conquest Sabre Cat mounted a protracted rally to win Friday’s $56,000 Santa Anita allowance feature by 1 ¼ lengths under Flavien Prat. Trained by Vladimir Cerin, he got a mile on turf in 1:34.37.
“I almost got dropped at the three eighths pole, but there was plenty of pace for me to run at,” said Prat, in reference to checking off the heels of eventual second place finisher Diplodocus, who was ridden by Corey Nakatani. “He finished well and it worked out.”
Off at 5-2 in a field of eight 3-year-olds and up, Conquest Sabre Cat, who shortened up following a fifth place finish at the same level going a mile and a half on turf April 21, paid $7.80, $4.20 and $3.00.
Owned by Holly and David Wilson, Conquest Sabre Cat, in his second start with winners, improved his overall record to 12-2-2-4. With the winner’s check of $33,600, he increased his earnings to $104,559.
Well off the leaders three furlongs from home, Diplodocus moved outside the winner at that point and had clear sailing from there while holding off Unapologetic by a neck for the place. Off as the 2-1 favorite, Diplodocus paid $3.80 and $3.20.
Ridden by Mike Smith, Unapologetic, who rallied from far back, was off at 5-1 and paid $4.40 to show.
Fractions on the race were 22.65, 45.30, 1:09.46 and 1:22.15.
First post time on Saturday for a nine-race card, which will include four graded stakes, is set for 1 p.m. Admission gates open at 11 a.m. For complete racing information, please visit santaanita.com.