ARCADIA, Calif. (April 21, 2017)–Next to last three furlongs from home, longshot Prince of Arabia worked his way through traffic, swung two-wide at the top of the stretch and overhauled favored Klondike Creek close home to take Friday’s $56,000 allowance feature at Santa Anita by 1 ¼ lengths under Santiago Gonzalez. Owned by Deron Pearson’s D P Racing, Prince of Arabia negotiated a mile and one half on turf in 2:25.32.
“He’s definitely improving,” said Cassidy. “Deron will be really happy with this because he’s been wanting us to take him off the pace, but this horse has been so difficult…We’ve had him near the lead in his last two races just to get him into the race (mentally).”
Off at 7-1 in a field of eight older horses, Prince of Arabia, a 4-year-old Kentucky-bred colt by Mineshaft, paid $17.80, $5.60 and $4.20.
Second in his last two starts, turf allowances at a mile and a mile and mile and one eighth respectively, today marked the first time he’d been a mile and one half. With the winner’s check of $33,600, he increased his earnings to $133,340 and his overall record now stands at 15-2-3-4.
Ridden by Flavien Prat, Klondike Creek took immediate control while carving out splits of 23.38, 46.49, 1:11.25, 1:36.07 and 2:01.89 and easily repelled all challenges aside from the winner while finishing second, three quarters of a length in front of French Getaway.
Off at 2-1, Klondike Creek paid $3.80 and $3.00.
Ridden by Kent Desormeaux and off at 7-2, French Getaway rallied from off the pace and paid $4.20 to show.
First post time for a 10-race card on Saturday, highlighted by the Grade II Californian Stakes, is at 1 p.m. Admission gates open at 11 a.m. For scratches, changes and complete morning line information, please visit santaanita.com.