ARCADIA, Calif. (June 28, 2014)–Lightly raced Declassify proved gamest late in taking Saturday’s Grade I, $300,000 Triple Bend Stakes by a nose at Santa Anita, covering seven furlongs under Martin Garcia in 1:22.03.
Breaking from the rail, Declassify, trained by Bob Baffert, was head and head through fractions of 22.77, 45.50 and 1:09.25 and was all out to deny a tough-as-nails Cyclometer at the wire.
“I thought I was beat at the top of the stretch,” said Garcia. “My horse was trying everything, every step of the way. He never gave up. Cyclometer moved into me a little bit in the stretch and my horse was intimidated. He responded again though, he’s such a good horse.”
In his first added-money try, Declassify was the second choice in the wagering and paid $6.60, $3.80 and $3.40.
Owned by Kaleem Shah, Inc., Declassify, a 4-year-old Kentucky-bred colt by Orientate, got his third win in career start number five and with the winner’s share of $180,000, increased his earnings to $261,240.
The lone California-bred in the field of six, Cyclometer, who came off a 2 ½ length win in the Grade III Los Angeles Stakes on May 26, gained a half length advantage on the winner leaving the eighth pole but proved second-best, finishing 1 ¾ lengths in front of longshot Indexical.
Cyclometer, off at 5-1, paid $4.80 and $3.60.
The longest shot in the field at 30-1, Indexical sat a close third for most of the way and finished 3 ¾ lengths in front of Drill. Indexical paid $5.00 to show.
A late running sprinter, Jerry Hollendorfer’s even money favorite Sahara Sky never threatened under Joe Talamo and finished last, 6 ½ lengths behind the winner.