ARCADIA, Calif. (May 31, 2015)–Sent to the lead from the outset by Tyler Baze, favored Oliver’s Tale wouldn’t be denied as he out-gamed Holy Lute to take Sunday’s $75,000 Siren Lure Stakes by a nose, negotiating 6 ½ furlongs down Santa Anita’s hillside turf course in 1:13.88. Trained by Mark Tsagalakis and owned and bred by his family’s M T Racing Stables, LLC, lightly raced Oliver’s Tale notched his second win in a row over the course and got his fourth win from nine overall starts.
A 6-year-old horse by E Dubai, Oliver’s Tale was off at 3-2 in a field of five three year olds and up and paid $5.00, $3.00 and $2.60. A perfect three for three down the hillside turf, “Oliver” picked up $46,500 for the win, increasing his earnings to $179,950.
“He’s a very talented horse,” said Tsagalakis, who is currently based at Los Alamitos. “You just have to give him time and we let him tell us when he’s ready. He’s a fun horse to be around. We’ll see if there’s anything short on the grass at Del Mar, if not, we might look at running him a mile.”
Baze, who rode him for the first time in a comeback effort on March 20, is now two for two aboard the winner.
“He dug in and he wasn’t letting that horse (Holy Lute) get by him,” said Baze, who cleared the runner-up and cut to the rail a half mile from home. “It was a great battle there the last three sixteenths of a mile. He wouldn’t give an inch. He ran a great race and I hope we can run him at Del Mar.”
Ridden by Victor Espinoza, Holy Lute broke from the rail and appeared to have the winner measured a quarter mile from home, but had to settle for second, a nose in front of an onrushing Pure Tactics. The second choice in the tote at 8-5, Holy Lute paid $3.00 and $2.60.
Pure Tactics, who broke from the outside with Gary Stevens, was a handful on post parade but settled nicely for Stevens, falling back to last, about a dozen lengths off the leader after the first half mile and came smoking late to just miss, finishing a length in front of County Lineman. Off at 7-2, Pure Tactics paid $3.00 to show.
Racing resumes on Thursday with first post time at 1 p.m. Admission gates open at 11 a.m.