ARCADIA, Calif. (June 6, 2014)–Claimed five starts back for a paltry $12,500, Seeking the Sherif kept his guns blazing on Friday at Santa Anita, as he took the day’s $63,000 allowance feature in gate to wire fashion by 2 ¾ lengths, covering 6 ½ furlongs with Edwin Maldonado up in 1:15.73.
Trained by Ron Ellis, the 5-year-old Kentucky-bred gelding by Officer sailed through uncontested fractions of 22.02, 44.56 and 1:08.97.
“Ron’s done a great job with this horse,” said Maldonado. “This horse makes my job easy. He runs all-out every time and he ran great today. I looked over (at the Infield television monitor) just to see if anybody was coming and they weren’t. He’s fun to ride.”
The heavy 4-5 favorite in a third condition allowance that attracted a field of six 3-year-olds and up, Seeking the Sherif paid $3.80, $2.60 and $2.40.
Owned by Goodwin, Zolotas and Romo-Zolotas, Seeking the Sherif notched his sixth win from eight overall starts and banked $37,800 for the win, increasing his earnings to $147,000.
Midnight Transfer, ridden by Joe Talamo, rallied wide-out from next to last at the top of the lane and finished second, a neck in front of longshot Castaway.
The third choice at 7-2, Midnight Transfer paid $3.40 and $3.00.
Off at 19-1 under Elvis Trujillo, Castaway was attentive to the pace and was just tagged late for the place, as he finished third, 1 ¼ lengths in front of Super Ninety Nine. Castaway paid $4.40 to show.
Admission gates will open early at 8 a.m. on Saturday for a blockbuster card from Belmont Park. First race post time from Belmont is at 8:35 PDT, and first live race post time at Santa Anita is at 12 noon.