PATRIOTS RULE FLIES LATE TO TAKE $58,000 ALLOWANCE AT SANTA ANITA; CALIFORNIA-BRED GELDING BY TRIBAL RULE OVERHAULS NINE RIVALS AT MILE ON TURF

 

TWO WINNING TICKETS IN PICK SIX EACH PAY $17,560

 

ARCADIA, Calif. (Oct. 2, 2014)–California-bred Patriots Rule flew late under Fernando Perez to win Thursday’s $58,000 allowance feature at Santa Anita by a head, negotiating one mile on turf in 1:34.44.

Trained by Robertino Diodoro, the 3-year-old gelding by Tribal Rule was far back and last in a field of 10 approaching the half mile pole as Grachus the Hunter and I’ll Wrap It Up set collective fractions of 23.73, 47.03, 1:10.41 and 1:22.30.

Off at 3-1, Patriots Rule, who came off a game nose win going 6 ½ furlongs versus statebreds in the $75,000 E.B. Johnston Stakes at Los Alamitos, paid $8.60, $4.40 and $3.20. Owned by Charles Garvey, he notched his fourth win from 10 starts and with the winner’s share of $45,240, he now has earnings of $231,920.

“Our main concern was the early pace but they definitely picked it up the second half and Fernando gave him a good ride,” said Diodoro. “I told him ‘Just ride him like you usually do and let him settle in the first part and hopefully they’ll fold up on the front end and you can close.’ He ran a big race today.”

Runner-up Sammy Mandeville, the 5-2 favorite ridden by Rafael Bejarano, flew late as well from off the pace but was out-run by the winner to his outside, finishing a neck in front of pacesetting Grachus the Hunter. Sammy Mandeville paid $4.00 and $3.00.

Ridden by Joe Talamo, Grachus the Hunter hugged the rail and fought off both I’ll Wrap It Up and Number Five late, but couldn’t hold off the late closers. Off at 13-1, Grachus the Hunter paid $7.40 to show.

There were two winning tickets in Thursday’s Pick Six, each paying $17,560. Racing resumes at Santa Anita with a nine-race program on Friday. First post time is 1 p.m., and admission gates open at 11 a.m.