FRONT RUNNING HAY DUDE TAKES $65,000 LEROIDESANIMAUX PURSE BY 5 ½ LENGTHS UNDER APPRENTICE DAVID LOPEZ; D’AMATO TRAINEE GETS MILE ON TURF IN 1:35.66

 

PICK SIX CARRYOVER OF $45,040 INTO FRIDAY, TOTAL ‘SIX’ POOL SHOULD EXCEED $250,000

 

ARCADIA, Calif. (Jan. 14, 2016)–With the temporary inner rail set at 30 feet, apprentice David Lopez shot to the early lead aboard English-bred Hay Dude and never looked back en route to a convincing 5 ½ length score in Thursday’s $65,000 Leroidesanimaux Purse allowance at Santa Anita. Trained by Phil D’Amato, Hay Dude, who had been idle since Nov. 12 at Del Mar, got a flat mile on turf in 1:35.66.

“He was on the muscle these past few weeks and I wanted him forwardly placed,” said D’Amato. “I wanted something a little different with him, and it worked.”

Dispatched as the 5-2 favorite in a field of eight older horses, Hay Dude paid $7.20, $4.40 and $2.80.

Owned by Anthony Fanticola and Joseph Scardino, Hay Dude, a 6-year-old gelding, had a pair of second place finishes from six stateside starts and thus got his first U.S. win in the Leroidesanimaux. With the winner’s share of $39,000, he increased his earnings to $158,039 and improved his overall mark to 19-4-4-4.

Ridden by Rafael Bejarano, Abbey Vale lacked room a furlong out but rallied from next to last in the early stages to be second, finishing 1 ¼ lengths in front of Soi Phet. Off at 5-1, Abbey Vale paid $5.20 and $3.60.

Soi Phet, who was put into a drive around the far turn, lacked the necessary rally and finished third with Flavien Prat aboard. Off at 5-1, he paid $4.40 to show.

There is a Pick Six carryover into Friday at Santa Anita of $45,040 and it’s expected Friday’s total Pick Six pool should exceed $250,000. First post time for an eight-race program is 1 p.m., with admission gates opening at 11 a.m.