COLT BY WILDCAT HEIR HOLDS OFF FAVORED THE GOMPER BY 2 ¼ LENGTHS
ARCADIA, Calif. (Dec. 31, 2014)–Serbian Syclone broke sharply and never looked back en route to an impressive 2 ¼ length allowance win Wednesday at Santa Anita, thus stamping himself as an early candidate for the Grade II, seven furlong San Vicente Stakes on Feb. 1, an early stop on the Kentucky Derby trail. Trained by Peter Miller and ridden by Elvis Trujillo, the soon-to-be 3-year-old colt by Wildcat Heir held off favored The Gomper late as he got the six furlong distance in 1:09.39.
The second choice at 3-2 in a field of eight 2-year-olds, Serbian Syclone paid $5.00, $2.40 and $2.20. An impressive 6 ¼ length maiden winner in his second start on Nov. 16 at Del Mar, Serbian Syclone picked up $34,800 for his owner, the Rockingham Ranch.
“He ran super,” said Miller. “This was an impressive way for us to end the year on a high note. He broke sharply, but he doesn’t need the lead and it worked out well. We’ll go ahead and point for the San Vicente.”
Breaking from the far outside, Serbian Syclone made an easy lead and carved out fractions of 21.90, 44.50 and 56.72.
“It was a perfect race,” said Trujillo. “This horse is training so good right now. He broke sharp, he went to the lead and I never looked back. I worked him last week and he worked amazing. I knew he could win today.”
Favored at 4-5, The Gomper broke a bit slowly from post position three, but was into contention while caught four-wide turning for home under Joe Talamo and finished up well, seven lengths clear of longshot Every May. An impressive first-out maiden winner from well off the pace on Dec. 5 at Los Alamitos, The Gomper, who is trained by Ron Ellis, paid $2.20 and $2.10.
“It was a perfect ride,” said Ellis. “I thought he got a good trip. He’s not really a sprinter and he ran against a nice little sprinter today so I was happy with the way he ran. We’re right on target for longer races, bigger races. I was happy with him today.”
Ridden by Saul Arias, Every May was off at 36-1 and paid $4.60 to show.
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