ARCADIA, Calif. (Feb. 10, 2017)–Ridden by Kent Desormeaux, heavily favored Top of the Game withstood a driving rain to rally to a length and a half win in Friday’s $58,000 allowance feature at Santa Anita. Owned by David and Holly Wilson and trained by Vladimir Cerin, Top of the Game got a mile and a sixteenth in 1:42.88 over a fast track.
Fresh off a first condition allowance win here on a wet fast track Dec. 30, Top of the Game, a 4-year-old Kentucky-bred gelding by Desert Party, was off at even money in a field of five older horses and paid $4.00, $2.80 and $2.10.
“They don’t call us mudbugs for nothin’,” joked Desormeaux, who sat a close third at the rail before moving to challenge pacesetter Got Even leaving the half mile pole. “He ran like (last year’s Preakness winner and confirmed off track specialist) Exaggerator!”
With today’s win, Top of the Game is now 11-3-1-1 and with the winner’s share of $34,800, he increased his earnings to $123,620.
Ridden by Martin Pedroza, Got Even conceded reluctantly to the winner inside the furlong pole while running second, three quarters of a length in front of Hoffenheim. Off at 3-1, Got Even paid $3.80 and $2.40.
Ridden by Victor Espinoza, Hoffenheim rallied to finish 7 ¼ lengths in front of Bistraya. Off at 3-1, Hoffenheim paid $2.20 to show.
Fractions on the race were 24.35, 48.10, 1:11.91 and 1:36.41.
First post time for a nine-race card on Saturday at Santa Anita is at 12:30 p.m. Admission gates open at 10:30 a.m.