ARCADIA, Calif. (Jan. 13, 2017)–Well beaten in the opening day Grade I La Brea at seven furlongs, trainer Jim Cassidy got his wish as his recently turned 4-year-old filly, Perfect Pic, stretched out for the first time on Friday at Santa Anita, winning the track’s $56,000 allowance feature by a half length while getting a mile and a sixteenth on a muddy main track in 1:46.22.
Ridden in all five of her starts by Santiago Gonzalez, she was hustled from her outside post in a field of five older fillies and mares and although she tired noticeably late, notched her second victory from five career tries.
When asked about stretching out the Ontario Canadian-bred daughter of Candy Ride, Cassidy responded, “This is what I wanted to do with her right from the start. The track’s heavy today, so this was a pretty good effort.
Although she was beaten some 10 lengths in the La Brea on Dec. 26, Perfect Pic was the heavy choice at even money and paid $4.20, $3.00 and $2.40.
Owned by Deron Pearson’s D P Racing, she picked up $33,600 for the win, increasing her earnings to $91,145.
Ridden by Mario Gutierrez and trained by Peter Eurton, Lady Tapit rallied strongly for the place, finishing two lengths in front of That’s a Lady. The biggest price in the field at 14-1, Lady Tapit paid $10.00 and $3.60.
The second choice in the wagering under Luis Contreras, That’s a Lady couldn’t hold off Lady Tapit late and finished third by 5 ¼ lengths. Off at 5-2, she paid $2.40 to show.
Fractions on the race were 23.66, 47.38, 1:12.40 and 1:39.12.
Santa Anita will embark upon a three-day holiday weekend on Saturday, with first post time for a nine-race card at 12:30 p.m. Admission gates open at 10:30 a.m.