HOW UNUSUAL RALLIES TO TAKE $53,000 SANTA ANITA ALLOWANCE FEATURE BY 1 ¼ LENGTHS UNDER NAKATANI; TRAINED BY PENDER, SHE GETS 1 1/8 MILES ON TURF IN 1:45.98

 

WITH CAL-BRED INCENTIVE BONUS OF $15,900, HOW UNUSUAL BANKS $57,240 ON THE DAY

 

ARCADIA, Calif. (Oct. 13, 2017)–How Unusual saved ground throughout and showed her tenacity late as she overhauled fellow California-bred Cordiality to take Friday’s $53,000 Santa Anita allowance feature by 1 ¼ lengths under Corey Nakatani. Trained by Mike Pender, the 4-year-old daughter of Unusual Heat got a mile and one eighth on turf in 1:45.98.

“She’s just a pleasure to train,” said Pender. “She’s a California-bred by Unusual Heat and she’s just getting better and better. She had no pace to run at and the leader was just dawdling on the front end. She was looking for room at the top of the lane and she really finished up nice. We’ve got a lot of options with her.”

Idle since a close third at the same second condition allowance level on Sept. 4, How Unusual was off at 7-2 in a field of seven fillies and mares three and up and paid $9.40, $4.60 and $2.80.

Owned by Pender Racing, LLC, Bob Fetkin, Hunter Sill and Christopher Hilaire, How Unusual picked up the winner’s share of $41,340, plus a Cal-bred incentive bonus of $15,900, which brought her earnings for the day to $57,240.   With today’s win, her official earnings are now $242,367. Her overall mark now stands at 18-4-2-3.

Ridden by Tyler Baze, Cordiality made an easy lead from her rail post position and with the temporary inner rail set at 30 feet, she carved out splits of 23.44, 47.79, 1:11.14 and 1:34.37.

No match for the winner in deep stretch, Cordiality, who was off at 7-2, finished three quarters of a length clear of Laseen and paid $5.00 and $3.20.

With Victor Espinoza up, Irish-bred Laseen was dispatched at 3-1 and paid $2.60 to show.

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