ARCADIA, Calif. (April 1, 2016)–The lone California-bred in a field of seven older horses, longshot Guy Code sped to the front and never looked back under Tiago Pereira and held off the late charge of favored Roy H to win Friday’s $58,000 Santa Anita allowance feature by a head. Trained by former jockey Goncalino Almeida, the 4-year-old Blazonry gelding covered 6 ½ furlongs in 1:15.54.
Off at 14-1, Guy Code paid $31.20, $13.40 and $7.20. Owned by Heart Racing Stable, Guy Code picked up his fourth win from 18 starts, and with the winner’s share of $45,240, increased his earnings to $166,640.
Almeida, a former champion jockey from Brazil, was asked in the Winner’s Circle if Pereira, who is also a Brazilian native, had ridden to instructions.
“All the time!” he said. “He’s Portuguese!”
Ridden by Flavien Prat, Roy H was a close third turning for home but couldn’t quite get to the winner in a solid effort. Off at 5-2, he finished 1 ½ lengths in front of Carlot Cowboy and paid $4.40 and $3.00.
Ridden by Stewart Elliott and owned by world champion downhill skier, Bode Miller, Carlot Cowboy kept to his task at the rail and prevailed by a nose over Distinctive B for third money. Off at 17-1, Carlot Cowboy paid $6.80 to show.
First post time for an 11-race program on Saturday at Santa Anita is at 12:30 p.m. Admission gates open at 10:30 a.m.