ARCADIA, Calif. (May 19, 2017)–With a stretch run that resembled a ping pong match, favored Sheeza Milky Way prevailed by one length and survived a stewards inquiry to take Friday’s $63,000 Santa Anita allowance feature under Rafael Bejarano. Trained by Peter Eurton, the 4-year-old filly by Sidney’s Candy covered a flat mile on turf in 1:34.29.
Bet down to even money in a field of five fillies and mares three and up, Sheeza Milky Way was full of run while fourth turning for home, split horses inside the furlong pole and appeared much best after breaking stride momentarily as a result of contact from third place finisher Perfect Pic and fourth place runner, Kenriya.
“The number four (Perfect Pic, with Santiago Gonzalez) was lugging out, but the hole was there,” said Bejarno. “The number three Kenriya, with Corey Nakatani) tried to close the hole, but I was already there…There was nothing I could do.”
A second condition allowance winner over the course at one mile on April 9, Sheeza Milky Way paid $4.20, $2.60 and $2.10.
Kentucky-bred, Sheeza Milky Way is owned by Sharon Alesia, Robin Christianson, Ciaglia Racing, LLC and Harry Crusberg. She now has four wins from 15 starts, and with the winner’s share of $37,800, she increased her earnings to $210,155.
Although she broke a bit outward, Bellamentary quickly assumed control but was unable to hold off the late charge of the winner, finishing second, one length in front of Perfect Pic. Ridden by Flavien Prat, Bellamentary was off at 2-1 and paid $3.00 and $2.10.
Second early, Perfect Pic was off at 5-1 and paid $2.80 to show.
Fractions on the race were 23.11, 46.26, 1:10.47 and 1:22.42.
Special early first post time for an 11-race card on Preakness Day, Saturday at Santa Anita is at 12 noon. Admission gates open at 9 a.m. Approximate post time for the Preakness from Baltimore, Md., is at 3:48 p.m. PT.