ARCADIA, Calif. (Oct. 12, 2014)–Benefitting from what track announcer Trevor Denman called a “war of attrition on the lead,” favored Light the City lagged far back early and came rolling late to take Sunday’s $75,000 Anoakia Stakes for 2-year-old fillies by 2 ½ lengths under Elvis Trujillo. A distant third behind scintillating fractions of 21.08, 43.98 and 56.33, she easily overtook early leader Xoxo at the top of the lane and overhauled stable mate Seduire inside the furlong marker, getting six furlongs in 1:09 flat.
Trained by Jerry Hollendorfer, Light the City was off at even money in a field of five and paid $4.00, $2.80 and $2.10. A first out maiden winner going six furlongs at Del Mar on Aug. 24, the Kentucky-bred daughter of Street Sense picked up $45,900 for the win, doubling her earnings to $90,900. She’s owned by Everett Dobson of Oklahoma City, Ok., who races as Cheyenne Stables, LLC.
“We stumbled a bit leaving the gate,” said Trujillo, who was also aboard for the maiden win. “I knew the speed was going to be Xoxo and Seduire, so I tucked in behind them and at the quarter pole, I let her go and she was ready. She did it all easily.”
Idle since running fifth in the Grade I Del Mar Debutante Aug. 30, Seduire, who was reunited with Corey Nakatani for the first time since running second in the Landaluce Stakes at Santa Anita June 22, fought back bravely but had to settle for second, finishing 5 ¾ lengths in front of Starlet O’Hara.
The second choice at 5-2, Seduire paid 3.20 and $2.40.
“They went fast on the front end and I thought Seduire held in there really good,” said Hollendorfer, who employed Nakatani for the first time in nearly three months. “I would think Light the City could go two turns, but we’ll take them one at a time…They’ve been working together and they’ve been quite equal.”
Trained by Bob Baffert and ridden by Martin Garcia, Starlet O’Hara broke from the rail, was fourth around the far turn and outgamed Holiday Maker for the show by a nose. Off at 4-1, she paid $2.60.
Racing resumes at Santa Anita with a special nine-race Columbus Day card on Monday. First post time is at 1 p.m. Admission gates open at 11 a.m.