ARCADIA, Calif. (Oct. 9, 2015)–With the inside temporary rail set at 30 feet, Irish-bred Beat of The Drum darted from her outside post to the lead and never looked back, as she took Friday’s $55,000 Santa Anita allowance feature by 3 ¼ lengths under Kent Desormeaux. Trained by Leonard Powell, Beat of The Drum, who was making her fourth stateside start, set fractions of 23.07, 48.14, 1:12.15 and 1:35.74 en route to a final clocking of 1:47.59.
Off at 5-1 in a field of eight fillies and mares three and up, she paid $13.20, $7.00 and $5.20. Owned by the China Horse Club, the 5-year-old mare by Duke of Marmalade improved her record to 11-3-1-1 and with the winner’s share of $33,000, increased her lifetime earnings to $161,523.
Ridden by James Graham, Brazilian-bred Last Kiss sat a close third for most of the trip and finished well to be second in her U.S. debut for Neil Drysdale, finishing 1 ¾ lengths clear of a late closing Colonel Joan. Off at 9-2, Last Kiss paid $6.00 and $4.00.
Next to last going into the far turn, Colonel Joan skimmed the rail under Joe Talamo and angled out in the final sixteenth to finish a length in front of Bottle Blonde. Off at 5-1, Colonel Joan paid $4.00 to show.
Irish-bred Royal Temptress, the 7-2 favorite under Rafael Bejarano, made no impact from off the pace and finished sixth, beaten 7 ¾ lengths.
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