ARCADIA, Calif. (Feb. 5, 2016)–Unhurried early, Irish-bred Mirage saved ground throughout and rallied determinedly under Flavien Prat to take Friday’s $58,000 Santa Anita allowance feature by a neck. Trained by Simon Callaghan, she covered a flat mile on turf in 1:35.87.
Breaking from the nine post in a field of ten 3-year-old fillies, Mirage, who added blinkers today for the first time in her sixth career start, folded over cleverly while next to last going into the Club House turn and wheeled three-wide when called upon turning for home.
“Today worked out perfect,” said Callaghan. “They went quick and we had planned to take her back and save ground. Flavien rode her perfectly and I think a mile is perfect for her. I don’t think we’d want to go much further. I added the blinkers to help her focus really, nothing more than that.”
The second choice in the wagering at 4-1, she paid $10.60, $6.20 and $3.40. .
Owned by Mrs. Fitriani Hay, Mirage notched her first stateside win and improved her overall mark to 6-2-1-0. With the winner’s share of $34,800, she increased her earnings to $65,968.
Like the winner, runner-up Sheeza Milky Way rallied from off the pace, just missing in a game effort under Alonso Quinonez. Off at 10-1, she finished 1 ½ lengths in front of even money favorite Mokat and paid $10.20 and $4.40.
Ridden by Mike Smith, Mokat was outrun late with no apparent excuses and paid $2.40 to show.
First post time for a nine-race card on Saturday at Santa Anita is 12:30 p.m. Admission gates open at 10:30 a.m.