ARCADIA, Calif. (June 19, 2015)–Bred and owned by Jerry and Ann Moss, Honey Ride, a 4-year-old Kentucky-bred filly by Candy Ride, stalked the early pace and took command under Tyler Baze midway around the far turn en route to an impressive 4 ½ length win in Friday’s $60,000 allowance feature at Santa Anita. Trained by John Sadler, Honey Ride got a flat mile in 1:35.93.
The second choice in a field of five fillies and mares three and up, she paid $5.20, $3.20 and $2.20. A first condition allowance winner at Santa Anita two starts back, she improved her overall mark to 10-3-1-2. With the winner’s share of $36,000, she increased her earnings to $156,950.
“We wanted to get her into the race more, get her more interested so I sat a little closer today,” said Baze, who guided her to a third place finish going a mile and a sixteenth in her most recent start on May 3. “Last time out, I had a bad trip…I was wide and today I thought it might be the same trip but a couple of the guys took hold going into the first turn, so I only had to go two wide, which was good…She ran like a good thing today.”
Ridden by Flavien Prat, Uruguayan-bred Gusto Dolce, the longest shot in the field, out ran favored Sky Mega by a half length for second and paid $12.60 and $3.40.
Sky Mega, who was the 7-5 favorite under Rafael Bejarano, showed the way to the five sixteenths pole and finished third, 3 ¾ lengths clear of Front Range. Sky Mega paid $2.10 to show.
Fractions on the race were 22.92, 46.63, 1:10.93 and 1:23.17.
Saturday’s nine-race card will be highlighted by the Grade II, $200,000 Summertime Oaks. First post time is 12:30 p.m. Admission gates open at 10:30 a.m.