ARCADIA, Calif. (Feb. 20, 2015)–As well fancied My Sweet Addiction lugged out going to the far turn, longshot Wild in the Saddle, ridden by Mario Gutierrez for trainer Richard Baltas, slipped through at the rail to assume command en route to a 1 ½ length victory in Friday’s $60,000 allowance feature at Santa Anita. A 6-year-old California-bred mare by Silic, Wild in the Saddle negotiated a flat mile in 1:38.18.
“It was a little strange,” said Gutierrez. “I’m not sure if My Sweet Addiction, who was in front of us, wanted the lead or not and it seemed like she was waiting on us. I was in a perfect position to decide where to go. My horse was relaxed right behind her and I was able to wait and see what she was going to do so I could make my move. It was a slow pace (23.46, 47.46, 1:12.19 and 1:24.84) so I had a lot of horse at the end. The other horses didn’t seem to fire today.”
Off at 14-1 in a field of seven older fillies and mares, Wild in the Saddle paid $30.60, $7.80 and $3.80. Owned by Anderson and Ortiz, Wild in the Saddle picked up her seventh win from 33 starts and with the winner’s share of $46,800, she increased her earnings to $229,318.
Heavily favored Taste Like Candy, appeared full of run going into the far turn but was carried wide by My Sweet Addiction and finished second, a neck in front of her. Ridden by Kent Desormeaux and dispatched at 4-5, Taste Like Candy paid $2.80 and $2.10.
Ridden by Mike Smith, My Sweet Addiction finished third, 4 ¼ lengths in front of Full Ransom. The choice in the wagering at 2-1, My Sweet Addiction paid $2.40 to show.
Racing resumes with a nine-race program on Saturday. First post time is 12:30 p.m. and admission gates open at 10:30 a.m.