ARCADIA, Calif. (Oct. 8, 2015)–Longshot Peggy Sue’s Loose proved gamest late as she dug in resolutely under Kent Desormeaux to take Thursday’s $53,000 Santa Anita allowance feature by 1 ¼ lengths while getting a mile on turf in 1:35.61.
Trained by Richard Rosales and owned by Laura Armstrong, the 5-year-old mare by Benchmark was off at 10-1 in a field of eight fillies mares bred or sired in California and she paid $23.00, $9.80 and $5.80.
A come from behind maiden winner going 1 1/16 miles on turf at Del Mar Sept. 2, “Peggy” sat a close second into and around the far turn today and finished with a flourish in what was her 14th career start. With the winner’s share of $31,800, she increased her earnings to $137,090 and improved her overall mark to 14-2-3-2.
Rosales gave full credit to Desormeaux, who is now two for two with Peggy Sue’s Loose.
“We have had trouble with guys that wanted to take her back and then take way too much hold, and this time, Kent just left her basically alone,” he said. “The last two starts, he’s left her alone. If the pace is hot, she can stay back and if not, she can be closer. I have to give Kent a lot of credit for this one.”
Runner-up West Coast Storm, who was lapped on the winner around the far turn and caught three wide turning for home, finished a 2 ¼ lengths in front of longshot pacesetter Hanserella. Ridden by Mario Gutierrez, West Coast Storm was off at 9-1 and paid $9.20 and $6.40.
Off at 33-1, Hanserella cleared off by two lengths around the Club House turn and gave way grudgingly late to finish third, a half length in front of Wild Bella. Ridden by Edwin Maldonado and off at 33-1, Hanserella paid $11.00 to show.
Fractions on the race were 23.27, 47.73, 1:11.73 and 1:23.57.
There is a Pick Six carryover of $21,342 into Friday at Santa Anita. First post time for an eight-race program is at 1 p.m. Admission gates open at 11 a.m.