ARCADIA, Calif. (April 22, 2017)–With most of the marathon mile and three quarters on turf behind them, it was “game-on” the final eighth of a mile, as Inordinate, who ran today with blinkers off, dug deep and outran favored Syntax by a half length in Saturday’s Grade III, $100,000 San Juan Capistrano Stakes at Santa Anita.
Ridden by Corey Nakatani and trained by Richard Baltas, Inordinate, a 5-year-old Kentucky-bred horse by Harlan’s Holiday, negotiated the distance in 2:50.51
“This was a dream come true, ever since I started riding,” said Nakatani, 46, who began his career as a jockey nearly 30 years ago. “I always had a lot of faith in this horse. The way Richard has prepared him coming into this race, and David (Meah) and the whole team over there, they make my job easy.
“We experimented by putting blinkers on him last time and he was more forwardly placed. It got him to the point where he was training forwardly as well…It just didn’t work out in his last race.”
Off at 5-2 in a field of six 3-year-olds and up, Inordinate paid $7.60, $3.20 and $2.80.
Owned by Paymaster Racing, LLC, Inordinate, who came off a seventh place finish in the Grade II, 1 ½ miles turf San Luis Rey Stakes on March 25, picked up his third win from 14 starts. With the winner’s share of $60,000, he increased his earnings to $207,440.
“I don’t know why I put the blinkers on last time,” said Baltas. “We took ’em off today and got a great ride. I thought the top two horses both ran big races. The cheap speed went and these two decided it. It was a helluva race.”
Syntax, who along with the winner, eased well off dueling early leaders Runasaurus Rex and Papacoolpapacool, appeared poised to win the San Juan turning for home, but proved second best after some brief contact, which resulted in Syntax’s jockey, Rafael Bejarano, claiming foul against Nakatani.
“He tried hard,” said Bejarano of Syntax. “When there was contact, I thought my horse shifted a little bit…We were second-best today.”
Syntax, who was off at 4-5 and finished three quarters of a length in front of Power Foot, paid $2.40 and $2.10.
Ridden by Norberto Arroyo, Jr., Power Foot, who laid a close third early and made the lead a quarter mile from home, was off at 10-1 and paid $3.60 to show.
Fractions on the race were 24.50, 49.60, 1:15.17, 1:42.59, 2:10.23 and 2:33.52.