ARCADIA, Calif. (May 12, 2016)–Irish-bred Hunt rallied to win Thursday’s $63,000 allowance feature at Santa Anita by one length under Flavien Prat as he got 6 ½ furlongs down Santa Anita’s unique hillside turf course in 1:13.65.
Conditioned by Phil D’Amato, the 4-year-old gelding notched his second allowance win in a row down the hill and got his third win in his last four starts–all of them down the hillside turf at 6 ½ furlongs and all of them in partnership with Prat.
Fourth as the field crossed the dirt and back onto the turf at the top of the lane, Hunt rallied four-wide and overtook English-bred Producer a sixteenth of a mile from home while holding off longshot Forever Juanito for the win.
Owned by Michael House, Hunt was off at 3-1 in a field of seven 3-year-olds and up and paid $8.20, $4.40 and $2.80. Hunt improved his overall mark to 15-4-5-2 and with the winner’s check of $37,800, increased his earnings to $174,329.
Ridden by Agapito Delgadillo, Forever Juanito, who was the biggest price in the field at 17-1, held off No Silent by a neck for the place and paid $15.20 and $7.20.
Ridden by Rafael Bejarano, No Silent was finishing well late, but didn’t threaten the winner, finishing three quarters of a length in front of favored Cape Wolfe for third. Off at 3-1, No Silent paid $2.80 to show.
With Spirit Rules and Iggy Puglisi showing the way to the furlong pole, fractions on the race were 22.12, 44.16 and 1:07.45.
Kentucky Derby winning jockey Mario Gutierrez was welcomed back to Santa Anita on post parade for race one, but his mount, Tap It All, a first time starter trained by Doug O’Neill and owned in-part by Reddam Racing, LLC, was unable to live up to the standard set by her superstar stablemate, undefeated Nyquist, as the 2-year-old daughter of Tapizar ended up a well beaten second at odds of 1-9.
First post time for an eight-race card on Friday at Santa Anita is at 2 p.m. Admission gates open at 11:30 a.m.