CONSISTENT ITSINTHEPOST TAKES GRADE II, $200,000 SAN GABRIEL STAKES BY 1 ¼ LENGTHS UNDER BAZE; TRAINED BY MULLINS, FRENCH-BRED GETS 1 1/8 MILES ON TURF IN 1:47.59

 

ARCADIA, Calif. (Jan. 6, 2018)–Second in the race a year ago, French-bred Itsinthepost served notice on Saturday at Santa Anita that he’s as good as ever at age six, as he rolled to a well-timed 1 ¼ length victory under Tyler Baze in the Grade II, $200,000 San Gabriel Stakes.  Trained by Jeff Mullins, Itsinthpost, who notched his fourth graded stakes victory, got a mile and one eighth on turf in 1:47.59.

A stalking fourth around the first turn and into the far turn, Itsinthepost engaged pacesetter Smokey Image turning for home, gained the advantage a furlong out and prevailed as much the best in his first start since running an even seventh in the Grade I, 1 ½ miles Breeders’ Cup Turf Nov. 4.

“I looked at the Form and it was run the exact way I thought it would be,” said Baze.  “He always gives you 100 percent.  He’s a barn favorite. Galindo gets on him in the mornings and he knows this horse so well…It’s really been a team effort.

“…I really just wanted to get him out there and get to the right spot, let him get into a groove and it played out just the way I thought it would today.”

Off as the 2-1 favorite in a field of 10 older horses, Itsinthepost paid $6.60, $3.80 and $3.20.

Owned by the Cohen family’s Red Baron’s Barn, LLC, the 6-year-old full horse by American Post improved his overall mark to 31-7-7-5.  With the winner’s check of $120,000 he increased his earnings to $855,712.

Last in the early stages, fellow French-bred, Flamboyant came with a good run, but had to settle for second money, finishing three quarters of a length in front of Brazilian-bred Editore.

Ridden for the first time by Drayden Van Dyke, Flamboyant was off at 6-1 and paid $6.60 and $4.80.

With Brice Blanc up, Editore, who had to wait for room at the rail a sixteenth of a mile out, finished a half length in front of Smokey Image.  Off at 17-1 Editore paid $7.60 to show.

Fractions on the race were 23.81, 48.08, 1:11.86 and 1:35.96.

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