ARCADIA, Calif. (May 17, 2018)–In a performance not recommended for the faint of heart, English-bred Move Over overcame an eventful pre-start and rallied late to nip favored Calexman by a nose in Thursday’s $56,000 allowance feature under Tyler Baze. Owned by Hronis Racing, LLC and trained by John Sadler, Move Over, got 6 ½ furlongs down Santa Anita’s hillside turf course in 1:13.80.
Prior to the start, Move Over, who ended up being the second wagering choice in a field of six 3-year-olds, broke through gate and galloped about a furlong down the hillside turf prior to being pulled up and returned for his “Take 2.”
“Thank God they didn’t scratch him!” said Baze. “He’s a nice horse. He just barely touched the doors and they opened, but he didn’t run off, never got excited.”
Breaking sharply from his outside post position six, Move Over settled nicely and was next to last past the half mile. On the move while fourth a quarter mile from home, he rallied four-wide through the lane and just got up in a thriller.
Most recently a fast finishing third in the Singletary Mile here on May 5, Move Over, who had been winless in four stateside starts, was off at 5-2 and paid $7.20, $3.60 and $2.60.
“Nothing’s easy anymore,” joked Sadler. “He broke through the gate, blew out about a quarter mile and barely won. We’ll try the Oceanside next (one mile turf, three year olds on July 18 at Del Mar).”
With the winner’s share of $33,600, Move Over, who is by the English-based stallion Acclamation, boosted his earnings to $108,183. He is now 14-3-4-1.
Calexman, who took a short lead a sixteenth of a mile from home, prevailed by a neck over Heartfullofstars for the place. Ridden by Alonso Quinonez, Calexman was off at 2-1 and paid $3.60 and $2.80.
As noted by track announcer Michael Wrona, Heartfullofstars made the most unlikely transition from a fifth place finish in the Grade II Wood Memorial at Aqueduct on April 7, to a near-miss on Santa Anita’s hillside turf course.
Ridden by Corey Nakatani, Heartfullofstars was off at 3-1 in his turf debut and paid $2.80 to show while finishing a head in front of Axelrod.
Fractions on the race were 21.96, 44.11 and 1:07.54.
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