ARCADIA, Calif. (April 7, 2016) – Sitting off pacesetter Hijra throughout, Havanna Belle relaxed well under Flavien Prat and the pair bided their time waiting until they approached the quarter-pole to overtake the leader en route to a 6 ½ length victory in Thursday’s $65,000 Santa Anita Allowance feature, covering one mile on turf in 1:35.88. Trained by Phil D’Amato, the 4-year-old Irish-bred filly by the Galileo stallion Teofilo notched her third stateside win.
Sitting closer to the lead in both her most recent starts, Havanna Belle went off as the 4-5 favorite in a field of six older fillies and mares and paid $3.60, $2.80 and $2.10.
Owned by Michael House, Havanna Belle picked up $39,000 for the win, boosting her lifetime earnings to $151,158. Including six starts in Ireland, her overall mark now stands at 16-4-1-2.
Ridden by Brice Blanc, Fasnacloich sat behind the leaders and was game for the place, finishing a nose in front pacesetter Hijra. Off at 4-1, Fasnacloich paid $4.60 and $3.00.
Hijra, who was ridden by Martin Garcia, lead throughout but could not hold off Havanna Belle and runner-up Fasnacloich late and finished 1 ¼ lengths clear of All Star Bub. Off at 2-1, Hijra paid $2.20 to show.
Fractions on the race were 23.51, 47.67, 1:11.61 and 1:23.58.
First post time for an eight-race card on Friday at Santa Anita is at 1 p.m. Admission gates open at 11 a.m.