ARCADIA, Calif. (June 6, 2015)–Allowed to settle into last position out of the gate, longshot Patriots Rule, with Fernando Perez aloft, began to rally wide into the far turn and sustained a five-wide charge through the lane to take Saturday’s $100,000 Crystal Water Stakes at Santa Anita by 1 ¼ lengths. Trained by Robertino Diodoro, the 4-year-old gelding by Tribal Rule got one mile on turf in 1:36.83.
“The turf is a little wet today, he didn’t handle it great at first,” said Perez. “He likes to close and he finishes well though, so I wasn’t worried. He doesn’t like to be inside. In his last race, he was on the inside and was fighting the whole time, but today I had a really good trip and he fired.”
Off at 8-1 in a field of seven California-bred or sired horses three and up, Patriots Rule paid $19.00, $6.80 and $4.40. Owned by Charles Garvey, Patriots Rule picked up $60,000 for the win, increasing his earnings to $335,480. Out of the Seattle Bound mare Candy Factory, Patriots Rule got his third win from nine tries on the Santa Anita turf and improved his overall mark to 17-5-2-3.
“…He’s not that big of a horse, but he’s got the right attitude,” said Diodoro. “He doesn’t want to run inside of horses. The big thing with him is to get a little pace to run at and get a clear trip. He was in the clear down the backside and running comfortably.”
Ridden by Tyler Baze, Awesome Return rallied well from off the pace, but was second best, finishing 1 ¼ lengths in front of Weewinnin. The third choice in the wagering at 5-2, Awesome Return paid $4.00 and $3.00.
Ridden by Joe Talamo, Weewinnin led until deep stretch and finished third, 1 ¾ lengths in front of favored Forest Chatter. Off at 5-1, Weewinnin paid $4.00 to show.
Fractions on the race were 23.85, 48.26, 1:12.53 and 1:24.59.
Named after the winner of the 1977 Santa Anita Handicap and Hollywood Gold Cup, the Crystal Water was run as the fourth race on a special Belmont Day 11-race program. First post time on Sunday is at 12:30 p.m. Admission gates open at 10:30 a.m.