ARCADIA, Calif. (March 24, 2016)–Far back early, Hiking relaxed well under Rafael Bejarano and rallied six-wide turning for home en route to a head victory in Thursday’s $58,000 Santa Anita allowance feature, covering 1 1/8 miles on turf in 1:48.49. Trained by Simon Callaghan, the 5-year-old Kentucky-bred mare by First Defence, who began her career in England, got her first stateside win in her ninth try, dating back to July 25.
A fast finishing third in her last two starts, Hiking was off at 9-2 in a field of 10 older fillies and mares and paid $11.80, $6.00 and $4.20.
“She’s been a bit unlucky in her last few starts,” said Callaghan. “She hasn’t had the cleanest of trips, but today she relaxed well and came with a good run.”
Owned by Eclipse Thoroughbred Partners, Hiking picked up $34,800 for the win, boosting her lifetime earnings to $85,305. Including eight starts in England, her overall mark now stands at 17-4-2-3.
Ridden by Fernando Perez, Dressed to a T rallied from off the pace and was game for the place, finishing a half length in front of Amboseli. Off at 4-1, Dressed to a T paid $5.00 and $3.80.
Amboseli, who was ridden by Mike Smith, was in tight quarters late, but there was no need for an inquiry, as she finished 4 ¼ lengths clear of longshot Stylish in Black. Off at 7-1, Amboseli paid $5.60 to show.
Favored Socialized, ridden by Kent Desormeaux, was forwardly placed early but shuffled back around the far turn and finished next to last at 3-1.
Fractions on the race were 22.39, 46.37, 1:10.99 and 1:36.30.
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.