ARCADIA, Calif. (March 2, 2018)–With a wet fast track and a light drizzle making for cold, wintry conditions, Bob Baffert’s longshot Dr. Dorr upset his favored stablemate Ten Blessings in winning Friday’s $58,000 Santa Anita allowance feature by a half length. Ridden for the first time by Joe Talamo, Dr. Dorr got 6 ½ furlongs in a rapid 1:14.10.
Breaking from the far outside in a field of eight older horses, Dr. Dorr was four-deep while just outside Ten Blessings and a half length off pacesetter Law Abidin Citizen three furlongs from home. At the quarter pole, the three of them raced in a straight line, with the winner and Ten Blessings left to slug it out the final eighth of a mile.
“It’s nice to get on these kind,” said Talamo, whose mount inched clear to win going away in the late stages. “As you saw, he accelerated well off the turn and he finished up great. He was ready, no question.”
The “Other Baffert,” Dr. Dorr had been idle since running fourth in a second condition allowance here Dec. 31. Off at 11-1, he paid $25.80, $8.60 and $4.80.
Owned by Baffert’s wife, Jill, Dr. Dorr, a 5-year-old Kentucky-bred gelding by Lookin At Lucky, got his third win from nine starts. With the winner’s share of $34,800, Dr. Dorr’s earnings now stand at $122,120.
Ten Blessings, idle since running third in the Grade I Malibu Stakes on Dec. 26, 2016, ran too good lose, as he finished 1 ¾ lengths in front of a fast finishing Multiplier. Off as the 9-5 favorite, Ten Blessings, who was ridden by Drayden Van Dyke, paid $4.00 and $3.40.
A winner of the Grade III Illinois Derby three starts back on April 22, 2017, Multiplier, idle since well beaten in the Grade I Belmont Stakes June 10, was last early from his rail post and finished full of run to nip Law Abin Citizen by a neck for third money under Victor Espinoza.
Trained for the first time by Peter Miller, Multiplier was off at 10-1 in his Southern California debut and paid $5.20 to show.
Fractions on the race were 22.11, 44.30 and 1:07.98.
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