ARCADIA, Calif. (Oct. 19, 2017)–Sent from her rail post position, longshot Cuyathy made every pole a winning one on Thursday, as she held off favored Just a Little Hope late to win Santa Anita’s $53,000 allowance feature under apprentice Austin Solis. Trained by William E. Morey, Cuyathy, idle since August 16 on turf, registered her first-ever main track win as she covered 6 ½ furlongs in 1:17.39.
Off at 10-1 in a field of seven fillies and mares competing at the second condition allowance level, Cuyathy paid $23.20, $6.80 and $5.20.
Owned by Cuyathy, LLC, the 4-year-old Kentucky-bred daughter of Congrats notched her third win from 17 overall starts and with the winner’s check of $31,800, increased her earnings to $96,410.
“It looked like she was the only speed in the race, besides Mr. Morey’s other horse (eventual sixth place finisher, Avicii),” said Solis. “I haven’t been on her, but it looked like she was working great, so I thought we had a good shot.”
Ridden by Gary Stevens, Just a Little Hope was unhurried early, saved ground while working her way through traffic and was finishing well, but just ran out of real estate as she finished second, 2 ¼ lengths in front of Dis Smart Cat.
Off at 6-5, Just a Little Hope paid $3.00 and $2.40.
With Tyler Baze up, Dis Smart Cat was off at 11-1 and paid $3.80 to show while finishing 1 ½ lengths in front of Bernina Star.
Fractions on the race, all set by the winner, were 22.39, 45.59 and 1:10.70.
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