PERFECT PIC PULLS OFF FRONT-RUNNING HEIST AS SHE WINS $58,000 SANTA ANITA ALLOWANCE FEATURE BY A NECK; CASSIDY & GONZALEZ TEAM FOR MILE TURF WIN IN 1:36.47

 

ARCADIA, Calif. (Feb. 3, 2017)–Canadian-bred Perfect Pic slowed the early pace to a veritable crawl en route to a game neck win in Friday’s $58,000 allowance feature under Santiago Gonzalez. Trained by Jim Cassidy, Perfect Pic tried turf for the first time and got a flat mile over a firm Santa Anita surface in 1:36.47.

Well beaten in the Grade I, seven furlong La Brea Stakes here Dec. 26, the 4-year-old Ontario Canadian-bred filly by Candy Ride took a first condition allowance going a mile and a sixteenth over a muddy surface on Jan. 13 and was off at 5-1 today in a field of seven older fillies and mares. She paid $13.40, $5.40 and $4.80.

“The jock came out to the paddock and said ‘No speed, boss,'” related Cassidy. “I told him, ‘Slow, slow, slow.’ And that’s what happened.”

Owned by Deron Pearson’s DP Racing, Perfect Pic got her third win from six starts and with the winner’s check of $34,800, increased her earnings to $125,945.

French-bred Sweet Charity, who showed ample promise in her U.S. debut on Jan. 1, sat second the entire trip but couldn’t overcome the dawdling early pace, finishing second, a neck in front of Sheeza Milky Way.

Off at 6-5 with Rafael Bejarano up, Sweet Charity paid $3.20 and $2.40.

Sheeza Milky Way, who was ridden by Jamie Theriot, sat a close second at the rail throughout, tried to get on terms inside the winner a sixteenth out, but had to settle for third money while finishing     2 ¼ lengths in front of graded stakes winning Cheekaboo.

Off at 8-1, Sheeza Milky Way paid $4.00 to show.

Fractions on the race were 25.10, 49.57, 1:13.55 and 1:24.90.

Santa Anita will present three graded stakes on a nine-race card Saturday, with first post time at 12:30 p.m.