ARCADIA, Calif. (April 6, 2017)–With the temporary inner rail set at 30 feet, Sharp Samurai made an all-out commitment for home three furlongs out, resulting in a tidy 2 ¼ length in Thursday’s $56,000 Santa Anita allowance feature. Ridden by Tyler Baze and trained by Mark Glatt, the 3-year-old First Samurai gelding got a mile and one eighth on turf in 1:48.51.
A close second to longshot Small Town Hero from the opening bell, First Samurai took command around the far turn and was never challenged thereafter.
“I know he can run three furlongs,” said Baze, who was aboard for the first time. “I didn’t think we were going very fast and I didn’t want to wait for everyone else to catch us, so I just went on with it.”
Well beaten in his first try with winners on March 9 and on turf for the first time in his fourth career start, Sharp Samurai was off at 7-1 in a field of seven 3-year-olds and paid $16.00, $8.80 and $6.00.
Owned by Al and Sandee Kirkwood and Mark Glatt, Sharp Samurai picked up $33,600 for the win, increasing his earnings to $54,090. He now has two wins from four starts.
“He’s a very talented horse, we just have to keep his mind right,” said Glatt.
English-bred Double Touch completed the exacta with Israel Ocampo up, finishing 1 ¼ lengths in front of Broke Away Grey. Off at 23-1, Double Touch paid $20.60 and $5.80.
Ridden by Joe Talamo, Broke Away Grey, who was last with a quarter mile to run, was off at 7-2 and paid $4.40 to show while finishing 2 ½ lengths in front of heavily favored Glacier, who was never a factor.
Fractions on the race were 23.31, 47.98, 1:12.71 and 1:36.51.
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