ARCADIA, Calif. (Oct. 16, 2014)–Head and head for the lead throughout, longshot Air of Royalty, under Agapito Delgadillo, wouldn’t be denied late and prevailed by a neck in Thursday’s $58,000 Cooper Canyon Allowance Purse, getting six furlongs in 1:09.70.
Trained by Mark Glatt, Air of Royalty, a 4-year-old filly by Anziyan Royalty, out-gamed fellow pacesetter My Monet while prevailing over eight other California-bred fillies in her fourth career start. Off at 10-1, she paid $23.20, $9.60 and $6.00.
“She’s a nice filly,” said Glatt. “This was only her fourth lifetime start and I think she really needed that race at Del Mar (a fifth place finish Aug. 28, off a 10-month freshening). She’s cut out to be a pretty good filly.”
Owned and bred by Nick Cafarchia, Air of Royalty picked up her second win and with the winner’s share of $34,800, increased her earnings to $78,340.
Breaking from post eight with Joe Talamo up, My Monet was just a length off the lead while three deep turning for home and appeared to have dead aim on both the winner and eventual third place finisher Steel Lady. Off at 9-2, she finished 2 ¼ lengths in front of Steel Lady and paid $5.00 and $4.00. .
The narrow second choice at 2-1, Steel Lady broke from the rail and set or pressed fractions of 21.48, 44.22 and 56.53 with Rafael Bejarano up. She paid $2.80 to show.
Racing resumes at Santa Anita on Friday with first post time at 1 p.m. Admission gates open at 11 a.m.