ARCADIA, Calif. (May 25, 2018)–Idle since well beaten in the Grade I American Oaks on Dec. 30 the Jim Cassidy-trained Bernina Star rallied from last in a field of seven fillies and mares to take Friday’s $58,000 Santa Anita allowance feature by 1 ¼ lengths. Ridden by Victor Espinoza, the 4-year-old Harlan’s Holiday filly got 6 ½ furlongs down the hillside turf course in 1:13.21.
Off at 9-1, Bernina Star paid $21.60, $8.40 and $4.60.
Purchased for $300,000 at the Keeneland 2015 Yearling Sale, Bernina Star, who is out of the Bernardini mare Date to Remember, notched her third win from 17 starts. Owned by DP Racing, she picked up $34,800 for the win, increasing her earnings to $191,806.
Ridden by Kyle Frey, A Little Bit Me rallied for the place, finishing a half length in front of Painting Corners. Off at 4-1, A Little Bit Me paid $5.80 and $3.80.
Painting Corners, who zipped to the early lead and was engaged a half mile out by eventual fifth place finisher and 5-2 favorite Nine Point Nine, held third money by a nose over Quebec.
Ridden by apprentice Franklin Ceballos, Painting Corners was off at 6-1 and paid $5.20 to show.
Fractions on the race were 21.86, 44.16 and 1:07.20.
First post time for a nine-race card, highlighted by the Grade I, $500,000 Gold Cup at Santa Anita and the Grade I, $300,000 Gamely Stakes, is at 12:30 p.m. Admission gates open at 10 a.m.