ARCADIA, Calif. (Feb. 26, 2016)–A close fourth early, favored Hawkedon shot through an opening at the rail a furlong out and went on to an impressive 1 ¾ length win in Friday’s $58,000 Santa Anita allowance feature under Rafael Bejarano. Trained by Mike Puype, the 7-year-old Macho Uno gelding covered 6 ½ furlongs down the hillside turf course in 1:13.19.
A close second over the course here on Feb. 4, Hawkedon was off at 8-5 in a field of 10 older horses and paid $5.40, $3.20 and $2.60.
“He ended up getting through today,” said Puype. “Rafael took a shot and stayed down near the rail and that was big. This horse loves this course. He runs hard every time, tries hard every time.”
Owned by Janina Gasparrelli, Hawkedon now has three wins and three seconds from nine tries down the hill and is 16-4-3-1 overall. With the winner’s share of $34,800, he increased his earnings to $144,470.
St. Joe Bay, who was part of a three-horse speed brigade that included Incline Village and Cardiac, finished second with Joe Talamo and paid $4.60 and $3.40.
Ridden by Drayden Van Dyke, Daddy D T rallied late to finish a length and a quarter behind St. Joe Bay and paid $4.00 to show.
Fractions on the race were 21.67, 43.78 and 1:07.18.
First post time for a nine-race card on Saturday is at 12:30 p.m. Admission gates open at 10:30 a.m.