ARCADIA, Calif. (Oct. 6, 2016)–With the temporary rail set at 30 feet, Hillhouse High broke alertly from her number two post position and cruised to a front-running one length win under Santiago Gonzalez in Thursday’s $55,000 allowance feature at Santa Anita. Trained by Richard Baltas, the 5-year-old Kentucky-bred mare by Exchange Rate got a flat mile on turf in 1:33.96.
Based in New York prior to shipping west to Baltas this past summer at Del Mar, Hillhouse High ran a big second in her Southern California debut going one mile on grass Aug. 20.
The (Richard) Mandella filly (Into The Mystic) that beat her down there is a nice horse and she only got beat a head,” said Baltas. “This is a nice mare and I’ve always thought that. Today, with her speed and the rail being out, I thought she would be very tough.”
Off at 7-2 in a field of seven fillies and mares three and up, Hillhouse High paid $9.20, $4.40 and $2.60.
Owned by Golden Eagle Farm Investment, L.P. she picked up $33,000 for the win, increasing her earnings to $268,487. She improved her overall mark to 19-3-6-4.
Fifth and on the move leaving the three furlong pole, runner-up Amboseli cut to the rail and was moving well at the wire as she finished 2 ¼ lengths in front of favored Barleysugar. Ridden by Mike Smith, Amboseli was off at 2-1 and paid $3.20 and $2.60.
Irish-bred Barleysugar, ridden by Gary Stevens, rallied three-wide turning for home but was no match for the top two. Off at 9-5, she paid $2.40 to show.
Fractions on the race were 23.43, 47.09, 1:10.35 and 1:22.01.
First post time on Friday at Santa Anita for an eight-race card is at 1 p.m. Admission gates open at 11 a.m.