ARCADIA, Calif. (Jan. 31, 2016)–Originally scheduled for 6 ½ furlongs down Santa Anita’s hillside turf course, Sunday’s $75,000 Wishing Well Stakes was contested at the same distance over a main track listed as sloppy with favored Cadet Roni posting a dominating 6 ¾ length win.
Trained by Mark Glatt and ridden by Rafael Bejarano, the 4-year-old Colonel John filly broke from the outside in a field of eight and went head and head early with Yana and Agapito Delgadillo before taking firm control five sixteenths of a mile from home.
“She broke really good and she was running confidently on the lead,” said Bejarano. “I had so much horse, I didn’t want to use too much, so we’ll save it for next time.”
Off at 6-5 in a race reduced to eight by five late scratches due to the change in surface, Cadet Roni paid $4.60, $3.40 and $2.60.
A handy allowance winner going 6 ½ furlongs on Jan. 10, Cadet Roni was winless in five tries at the maiden special weight level prior to breaking her maiden for a $40,000 tag five starts back at Del Mar on Aug. 19.
“We dropped her in company to win and get her confidence, and that’s really helped her,” said Glatt, who trains Cadet Roni for owners Al and Sandee Kirkwood and acknowledged the connections were hoping for a weather-related switch to the main track. “The only time we tried her on grass, it didn’t fare too well for us. I guess we’ll wait and enter her next when it rains again,” he deadpanned.
With the restricted Wishing Well serving as her first stakes win, Cadet Roni improved her overall record to 11-4-1-2 and with the winner’s share of $47,340, increased her earnings to $148,840.
The longest shot in the field at 18-1, Kool Kat rallied from last early to pay $13.00 and $7.00 with Joe Talamo up.
Bad Ju Ju, who was third, one length off the lead turning for home, finished third, one length behind Kool Kat. Off at 15-1 with apprentice David Lopez, she paid $8.40 to show.
Fractions on the race were 21.63, 44.70 and 1:09.05.
Note: The Wishing Well, for older fillies and mares, is named for the dam of 1989 Horse of the Year, Sunday Silence.
Racing resumes at Santa Anita on Thursday with first post time at 1 p.m. Admission gates open at 11 a.m.