ARCADIA, Calif. (Jan. 26, 2018)–With apologies to Glen Frey, Don Henley and The Eagles, There’s a New Kid in Town. Breaking from the rail, newly arrived Captain Scotty earned a promotion to General, as he waltzed to an overwhelming 5 ½ length win in Friday’s $56,000 Santa Anita allowance feature under Flavien Prat. Trained by Peter Miller and owned by Wachtel Stable and Gary Barber, Captain Scotty, who was a first-out 6 ¾ length maiden winner in Maryland Dec. 3, got six furlongs in a rapid 1:09.83.
Quick from the gate in his Southern California debut, Captain Scotty was quickly in command, leading by three lengths at the half mile pole and with a 3 ½ length advantage three sixteenths from home, he switched leads on cue and was long gone while winning in-hand.
“He’s a real horse,” said Barber in the Winner’s Circle. “That’s race horse time on this track and especially from the one-hole. He ran a one on the Thoro-Graph sheet and a four on Ragozin first time out and you don’t see that very often. I was just worried about the rail draw, but with only six horses, it was okay.
“Pete’s still in Florida (where he picked up an Eclipse Award Trophy for his Roy H, who was voted Champion Sprinter) and I told him I want this horse to run through his conditions. I want to let him grow up.”
The even money favorite in a field of six older horses, Captain Scotty, a 4-year-old colt by Quality Road, paid $4.20, $3.00 and $2.40.
Bred in Kentucky and out of the Aggressive Chief mare She is Raging, Captain Scotty is now undefeated in two starts, both with front bandages, and with the winner’s share of $33,600, he increased his earnings to $56,400.
Miller had the exacta, as his Big League, ridden by Drayden Van Dyke, checked in second by three quarters of a length over Coils Gold. Off at 5-1, Big League paid $4.40 and $2.60.
Coils Gold, ridden by Joe Talamo, was third best, finishing 2 ½ lengths in front of longshot Fast Pass. Off at 2-1, Coils Gold paid $2.20 to show.
Fractions on the race were 22.53, 45.71 and 57.57.
Racing resumes with a 10-race card on Saturday. Special early first post time is at 11:45 a.m. Admission gates open at 10 a.m. For additional information, please visit santaanita.com.