ARCADIA, Calif. (Feb. 12, 2016)–Hustled from the gate by Santiago Gonzalez, longshot Swissarella went to the front and prevailed by nose in Friday’s $58,000 allowance feature at Santa Anita. Trained by Vladimir Cerin, the 5-year-old California-bred mare by Swiss Yodeler got a flat mile in 1:37.88.
Breaking from post positon two in a field of six older fillies and mares, Swissarella, who was one of the three horses entered for an optional claiming tag of $40,000, set fractions of 23.25, 46.80, 1:11.28 and 1:24.15 en route to victory.
A gate to wire winner at the distance for a $28,000 claiming price on Jan. 17, Swissarella was off at 7-1 on the raise in class and paid $17.20, $9.40 and $3.80. Owned by Pellman and Seymour, she improved her overall record to 34-6-5-10. With the winner’s share of $45,240, she increased her earnings to $239,044.
Ridden by Rafael Bejarano, Melanistic was in close attendance and just missed in a desperate finish. Off at 5-1, she finished a half length in front of favored Two Taps and paid $6.00 and $2.80.
Heavily favored at 4-5, Two Taps, who was ridden by Mike Smith, lacked the necessary rally and finished third, three lengths in front of Gracie Ragazza. Two Taps paid $2.20 to show.
First post time for a nine-race card on Saturday at Santa Anita is at 12:30 p.m. Admission gates open at 10:30 a.m.