ARCADIA, Calif. (Feb. 19, 2016)–With favored Treasuring begging for racing room at the rail, lightly raced Everqueen, under Joe Talamo, shot clear a furlong out and took Friday’s $58,000 Santa Anita allowance feature by 2 ½ lengths, as the 3-year-old filly by Colonel John got six furlongs in 1:09.34.
Breaking from post position four in a field of seven 3-year-old fillies, Everqueen showed good early speed as she sat a close second just to the outside of longshot Princess Katie around the far turn before opening up on her competition.
Off at 5-1, she paid $12.60, $4.60 and $3.60. Trained by Ron Ellis and owned by McShane Racing, LLC, Everqueen was an impressive maiden $75,000 claiming winner here on Jan. 24 and was making her fourth start today. With the winner’s share of $34,800, she increased her earnings to $59,410.
Trained by Bob Baffert and ridden by Victor Espinoza, Treasuring, who came off a close fourth place finish in the Grade II, 6 ½ furlong Santa Ynez Stakes Jan. 2, was full of run at the rail but by the time she was able to split horses a furlong out, the winner had all the momentum and she had to settle for second money. Off at 4-5 in her seventh career start, Treasuring paid $2.80 and $2.40.
Ridden by Santiago Gonzalez, Asian’s Way raced just to the outside of the favorite around the turn and despite getting first run on her, she proved third best. Off at 9-2, Asian’s Way paid $3.20 to show.
Fractions on the race were 22.65, 46.14 and 57.91.
First post time on Saturday at Santa Anita is at 12:30 p.m. Admission gates will open at 10:30 a.m.