LONGSHOT AMARANTH FIRES FRESH, WINS $75,000 DESERT STORMER STAKES BY 1 ¼ LENGTHS UNDER ANTONGEORGI; JAUREGUI TRAINEE GOES SIX FURLONGS GATE TO WIRE IN 1:09.42

 

PICK SIX CARRYOVER OF $113,444 INTO THURSDAY, TOTAL PICK SIX POOL COULD REACH $750,000

 

ARCADIA, Calif. (June 14, 2015)–Based at Golden Gate Fields, longshot Amaranth broke on top and never looked back en route to a 1 ¼ length win under William Antongeorgi in Sunday’s $75,000 Desert Stormer Stakes. Trained by O.J. Jauregui, the 4-year-old Kentucky-bred filly by Mr. Greeley got six furlongs in 1:09.42.

Idle since running a distant last behind the Desert Stormer favorite, Sam’s Sister, in the Grade I La Brea Stakes at Santa Anita Dec. 26, Amaranth was off at 43-1 in a field of 11 fillies and mares 3 and up and paid $89.40, $29.40 and $12.60.

“She ran horrible in the La Brea and I thought she could run a much better race,” said Jauregui. “That race affected her a lot, mentally…so I wanted to give her some time. Dennis Carr (former regular rider who is sidelined due to serious injury) always told me she’s the fastest filly he’s ever been on and I believe Dennis Carr!”

Owned by Highland Yard, LLC, Amaranth got her fifth win from 11 starts and with the winner’s share of $48,300, increased her earnings to $227,370.

“I’ve worked her the last four or five times,” said Antongeorgi, who is also based at Golden Gate. “Dennis Carr used to ride her, so I spoke with him a few times. He told me she’s a quirky filly, nervous and a speed-ball, so you to try and get along with them…She bounced out of there, she got the lead and she’s super tough when she has the lead, she’s proven that before.”

Ridden by Martin Garcia, Wasted At Midnight was attentive to the pace at the rail around the far turn, was second turning for home and could not menace the winner while holding the place by a neck over the late charge of Sam’s Sister. Off at 9-1, Wasted At Midnight paid $9.40 and $4.00.

Following her win in the Grade I La Brea, Sam’s Sister took the Grade II Santa Monica Stakes on Jan. 19, but was winless in two out-of-town stakes subsequent to that–the Grade II Barbara Fritche at Laurel on Feb. 14, and the Grade I Madison Stakes at Keeneland April 4. Ridden for the first time by Rafael Bejarano, she rallied wide-out from well off the pace while never threatening the winner.

Off at 3-5, Sam’s Sister paid $2.40 to show.

“My horse was in a really good position and when I came to the straight, I got clear and she started running, but the winner ran great,” said Bejarano.

Fractions on the race, owned by the winner, were 21.38, 44.28 and 56.24.

There is a Pick Six carryover of $113,444 into Thursday at Santa Anita and it’s expected the total Pick Six pool will approach $750,000. First post time on Thursday is at 1 p.m., and admission gates open at 11 a.m.