HEAVILY FAVORED HOT SEAN TAKES $53,000 SANTA ANITA ALLOWANCE FEATURE BY 1 ¼ LENGTHS AS PEDROZA & BAFFERT TEAM FOR MILE WIN IN 1:38.48
ARCADIA, Calif. (Oct. 27, 2016)–Under strong urging from Martin Pedroza, heavily favored Hot Sean kept to his task through the lane and prevailed by 1 ¼ lengths in Thursday’s $53,000 Santa Anita allowance feature. Trained by Bob Baffert, the 2-year-old colt by Flatter, who was trying two turns for the first time in his third career start, got a flat mile in 1:38.48.
With eventual third place finisher Tell Me a Story hustled from his rail post position, Hot Sean sat just to his outside throughout and took a short lead approaching the sixteenth pole while holding runner-up Secret House at bay.
“Turning for home I thought he hit a wall,” said Baffert. “Martin said he thought he would run long, but the only way you can find out is to go ahead and stretch them out. He’ll run in a stake next time.”
Off at 1-2 in a field of five, Hot Sean paid $3.00, $2.40 and $2.10. Owned by Mike Pegram, Karl Watson and Paul Weitman, Hot Sean now has two wins and a second and with the winner’s share of $31,800, he increased his earnings to $75,000. (Baffert noted that Hot Sean was named by Weitman in honor of Sean Miller, who is the head basketball coach at Weitman and Baffert’s alma mater, the University of Arizona).
Ridden by Flavien Prat, Secret House, who sat a close third until passing the pacesetter late, finished second, three quarters of a length in front of Tell Me a Story. Off at 9-2, Secret House paid $3.80 and $3.00.
Ridden by Norberto Arroyo, Tell Me a Story set fractions of 24.09, 48.62, 1:12.78 and 1:25.23. Off at 4-1, he paid $2.40 to show.