ARCADIA, Calif. (June 10, 2016)–Second to his front-running stablemate early, Hronis Racing’s Baccelo took command leaving the quarter pole and skated to an impressive 1 ¾ length win in Friday’s $60,000 Santa Anita allowance feature. Ridden by Joe Talamo and trained by John Sadler, Baccelo got a flat mile in 1:34.11.
Breaking from post position three, Brazilian-bred Baccelo sat second, just to the outside of Kristo, who was ridden by Tyler Baze. Turning for home, even money favorite Dream Team, with Rafael Bejarano up, was a close third to the winner’s outside, but could only manage a third place finish.
Winless in his last 10 starts, Baccelo was off at 6-1 and paid $15.80, $5.80 and $2.80. Claimed three starts back for $62,500 on March 3, he was one of two horses in a field of six 3-year-olds and up that was in for an optional $62,500 tag, and he was claimed today by owner/trainer David Jacobson.
A 6-year-old gelding, Baccelo improved his overall mark to 24-4-7-3 and with the winner’s share of $36,000, increased his earnings to $201,082.
Kristo, who was also owned by Hronis Racing, LLC, stayed gamely for the place, outrunning Dream Team by 2 ¾ lengths.
Dream Team, who came off a rousing 3 ¼ length first condition allowance win at Los Alamitos on May 1, lacked the necessary punch through the lane and finished third, three quarters of a length in front of longshot Just Kidding. Dream Team paid $2.40 to show.
Fractions on the race were 23.17, 46.11, 1:09.60 and 1:21.70.
First live post time for an 11-race card on Saturday, Belmont Stakes Day at Santa Anita is at 12 noon. Admission gates will open at 8 a.m.