PALMA’S KING OF JAZZ POSTS 1 ¼ LENGTH UPSET IN $53,000 SANTA ANITA ALLOWANCE FEATURE AT MILE AND A QUARTER ON TURF; RIDDEN BY PEREZ, ARGENTINE-BRED GETS DISTANCE IN 1:59.91

 

PICK SIX CARRYOVER OF $31,578 INTO SATURDAY, TOTAL POOL SHOULD EXCEED $250,000

 

ARCADIA, Calif. (Oct. 2, 2015)–King of Jazz broke sharply and was forwardly placed throughout en route to upsetting favored Unusually Green by 1 ¼ lengths in Friday’s $53,000 Santa Anita allowance feature, run at a mile and a quarter on turf. Owned by BG Stable and trainer Hector Palma, King of Jazz got the distance in 1:59.91 and perhaps benefited from the temporary inner rail being set at 24 feet, as Unusually Green encountered traffic trouble around the far turn under Rafael Bejarano.

The second choice at 5-2 in a field of seven three-year-olds and up, King of Jazz paid $7.40, $3.60 and $2.60. A 5-year-old horse by Giant’s Causeway, he tried a mile and a quarter for the first time and improved his overall mark to 8-2-1-1. With the winner’s share of $31,800, he increased his earnings to $100,960.

“He has run on the lead before and got tired late, but this time, Nahem (third place finisher with Martin Garcia up) went straight to the lead, so we let him go,” said winning jockey Fernando Perez, who was able to gain a narrow advantage approaching the quarter pole. “We’ve been working with him in the mornings to relax and he relaxed well today. I was able to sit off Nahem and I still had a lot of horse left over at the end.”

Last going into the far turn, Unusually Green was full of run but was penned in and unable to find racing room until the field straightened for home. Although he was gaining on the winner, it was too little, too late as he finished second, 1 ¼ lengths clear of Nahem. Off at 6-5, Unusually Green paid $2.80 and $2.40.

Owned in-part and trained by Jerry Hollendorfer, Nahem battled determinedly for the show and finished up three quarters of length in front of Itsinthepost. Off at 10-1, Nahem paid $4.20 to show.

Fractions on the race were 23.05, 47.21, 1:11.88 and 1:36.23.

There is a Pick Six carryover of $31,578 into Saturday and it’s expected the total Pick Six pool will exceed $250,000. First post time for a 10-race program at Santa Anita is 1 p.m., with the Pick Six covering races five through 10. Admission gates open at 11 a.m.

 

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