ARCADIA, Calif. (March 30, 2014)–Favored Fury Kapcori pounced on pacesetter Appealing Tale going to the far turn and gutted out a game three quarters of a length win under Rafael Bejarano in Sunday’s $75,000 Santana Mile Stakes for older horses at Santa Anita, getting the distance in 1:34.50.
With Appealing Tale and Victor Espinoza showing the way into the Club House turn, Fury Kapcori, conditioned by Jerry Hollendorfer, was hard into the bit with Bejarano and layed a close second past the half mile pole.
“He broke very good, but I didn’t want to send him this time because I knew Victor would be trying for the lead,” said Bejarano. “I was hoping to get him relaxed and he did on the first turn but after that he tried to run up on them a little and got into the bit…He just came running for me at the end.”
A winner of his two previous starts at Santa Anita, Fury Kapcori was the 4-5 favorite in a field of six and paid $3.80, $2.40 and $2.10.
A 4-year-old Kentucky-bred colt by Tiznow, Fury Kapcori is owned by Awtrey, Hollendorfer and Todaro, and he picked up his fifth win from 13 starts. The winner’s share of $46,800 boosted his earnings $419,880.
“This race is part of a series here and they’re all a month apart, so that’s why we went in here,” said Hollendorfer. “Rafael wins a lot of races for us and he usually knows the right moves to make so that’s why we keep using him.”
Although he set solid fractions of 23.03, 45.97, 1:09.47 and 1:21.84, Appealing Tale battled back gamely when challenged by the winner going to the far turn and relinquished the lead reluctantly 50 yards from home, finishing second, 2 ¾ lengths in front of Clubhouse Ride.
The second choice at 2-1, Appealing Tale paid $3.00 and $2.10.
Next to last early, Clubhouse Ride and Tyler Baze moved into third, two lengths off Appealing Tale going to the three furlong pole, but did not threaten the top two late, finishing third, 3 ¼ lengths in front of Get Happy Mister and Joe Talamo.
Clubhouse Ride, whose trainer Craig Lewis is considering the Grade II, $1.5 million Charles Town Classic for him on April 19, was off at 5-2 and paid $2.10 to show.
Racing resumes at Santa Anita on Thursday, with first post time at 1 p.m. Admission gates will open at 11 a.m.