LONGSHOT AWESOME LUCK WINS $58,000 SANTA ANITA ALLOWANCE BY 1 ¼ LENGTHS UNDER GONZALEZ; HARRIS FARMS’ HOMEBRED, TRAINED BY HEAP, GOES GATE TO WIRE WHILE GETTING FLAT MILE IN 1:37.97

 

ARCADIA, Calif. (March 17, 2016)–With the luck of the Irish wafting in the air on St. Patrick’s Day at Santa Anita, Harris Farms’ home-bred Awesome Luck made every pole a winning one in taking Thursday’s $58,000, one mile allowance feature by 1 ¼ lengths under Santiago Gonzalez. Conditioned by Blake Heap, the 5-year-old Ghostzapper mare seemed to appreciate a surface switch from turf to dirt as she negotiated the distance in 1:37.97.

“She doesn’t seem to handle the grass,” said Heap in reference to a 13 ½ length defeat going one mile on turf here Feb. 21. “She’s a steady-paced type of filly and today, she showed what she can do. I told John (owner, Harris) she was doing good coming into this.”

Off at 14-1 in race five, the middle leg in Santa Anita’s Pick Six, which, thanks to a two-day carryover, generated a total pool today of more than $2.6 million, Awesome Luck was the second biggest price in a field of seven California-bred or sired mares and paid $30.20, $11.00 and $7.00.

With the winner’s share of $34,800, she increased her earnings to $96,875. Awesome Luck now has two wins from 12 career starts.

“It’s St. Patrick’s Day and we have the green and white colors, so I guess that didn’t hurt,” said Harris. “I don’t know if the jock’s Irish, but I guess today, everybody is!”

The heavy favorite at 3-2, Take It Easyplease sat second the entire trip, but couldn’t keep up with the winner around the far turn and finished second, 1 ¾ lengths in front of Stole a Kiss. Ridden by Rafael Bejarano, Take It Easyplease paid $3.40 and $2.80.

Ridden by Kent Desormeaux, Stole a Kiss was off at 6-1 and paid $3.80 to show.

With a two-day Pick Six carryover of $548,670 from Sunday, $2,115,962 in “new money” was wagered on Thursday, creating a total Pick Six pool of $2,664,632. Thursday’s Pick Six will conclude with the eighth race, which is scheduled to be run at approximately 4:33 p.m. PDT.