ARCADIA, Calif. (Feb. 3, 2018)–Heavily favored Itsinthepost hit the front with a quarter mile to run and somehow repelled the late challenge of longshot Hayabusa One to take Saturday’s Grade II, $200,000 San Marcos Stakes by a nose under Tyler Baze. Trained by Jeff Mullins, the 6-year-old French-bred gelding got a mile and a quarter on turf in 1:58.24.
A 1 ¼ length winner of the Grade II San Gabriel Stakes at 1 1/8 miles on turf Jan. 6, Itsinthepost was off at 4-5 in a field of seven older horses and paid $3.80, $3.00 and $2.40.
Owned by Red Baron’s Barn, LLC, Itsinthepost has now won six of 15 starts over the Santa Anita turf and he’s now 32-8-7-5 overall. With the winner’s share of $120,000, he boosted his earnings to $975,712.
Also bred in France, the Peter Miller-trained Hayabusa One, fresh off a second condition allowance win over the course going a mile and one eighth, was off at 14-1 with Victor Espinoza and paid $9.00 and $4.80.
Brazilian-bred Editore, off at 17-1 with Brice Blanc, checked in third, 2 ½ lengths back of Hayabusa One and paid $4.40 to show.
Fractions on the race were 23.22, 45.96, 1:09.46 and 1:33.93.
PHOTO: ITSINTHEPOST on the rail in blinkers in above image.