ARCADIA, Calif. (May 22, 2014)–Ridden with utmost confidence by Joe Talamo, favored Sea John’s Spirit was never off the bridle in winning Thursday’s $58,000 Kings Canyon Purse allowance by 2 ¼ lengths, covering six furlongs in 1:10.39.
A lightly raced 6-year-old California-bred mare by Sea of Secrets, Sea John’s Spirit, trained by Ron Ellis, showed good speed to the half mile pole and then idled in third position, 1 ½ lengths off pacesetters Prayer Be Mine and Versye around the far turn. On Talamo’s cue, Sea John’s Spirit accelerated three wide turning for home and assumed command approaching the furlong pole.
Off as the 9-5 favorite in a field of six fillies and mares bred in California, Sea John’s Spirit paid $5.80, $3.00 and $2.40. Bred by Pete Fer and owned by Fer or Fer, Sea John’s Spirit ran her record to 9-2-2-2 and with the winner’s share of $34,800, she increased her earnings to $109,540.
“This horse is named for a very good friend of mine that passed away who was a policeman,” said Pete Fer. “His name was John, so I named her Sea John’s Spirit. This mare was ready to run when she was three, but she got hurt, so we turned her out and then brought her back.
“At four, she got hurt in the gate and hurt her pelvis but we turned her out for about a year and a half and brought her back. I sent her up to Paso Robles and Ronnie (Ellis) has done everything from there. I love her a lot.”
Last at the top of the lane, Queen of the Hill, ridden by Elvis Trujillo, rallied to be second, 1 ¼ lengths clear of Pay the Debt. The second choice at 2-1, Queen of the Hill paid $3.60 and $2.80.
Ridden by Felipe Martinez, Pay the Debt rallied from off the pace as well and finished a half length in front of Prayer Be Mine. Off at 8-1, Pay the Debt paid $3.60 to show.
Fractions on the race were 21.94, 44.89 and 57.39.
Racing resumes at Santa Anita on Friday, with a twilight first post time of 3 p.m. Admission gates open at 11 a.m.