FRONT RUNNING SAYES SO HOLDS ON TO WIN $55,000 SANTA ANITA ALLOWANCE BY A HALF LENGTH AS SOLIS & MANDELLA TEAM FOR VICTORY

 

ARCADIA, Calif. (Oct. 23, 2015)–Hustled from the opening bell by Alex Solis, Sayes So went to the front and prevailed by a diminishing half length in taking Friday’s $55,000 allowance feature at Santa Anita. A third condition allowance that attracted a field of five fillies and mares three and up, Sayes So barreled through fractions of 21.74, 43.53 and 1:06.47 en route to a final time of 1:12.63 for 6 ½ furlongs down the hillside turf course.

Trained by Richard Mandella, the 4-year-old Florida-bred filly by Congrats was off at 5-2 and paid $7.20, $3.80 and $2.60. Owned by Diamond A Racing Corporation, she got her second win from three tries down the hill and improved her overall mark to 8-3-1-1. With the winner’s share of $33,000, she increased her earnings to $128,400.

“She has a high cruising speed and she just keeps going, so we use that as a weapon,” said Solis.

Ridden by Rafael Bejarano, Ramona’s Wildcat rallied wide-out on the course to finish second, 1 ½ lengths in front of longshot Doodetta. The second choice at 2-1, Ramona’s Wildcat paid $3.40 and $2.20.

Next to last down the hill, Doodetta was travelling well under Tyler Baze turning for home, but had to steady briefly a furlong out and finished third, two lengths in front of Not too Shiny. Off at 6-1, Doodetta paid $2.60 to show.

Santa Anita’s 19-day Autumn Meet will draw to a close on Sunday. First post time on both Saturday and Sunday is at 1 p.m. Admission gates will open at 11 a.m.

 

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