ARCADIA, Calif. (June 10, 2017)–With a late surge at the rail under the master, Gary Stevens, Sharp Samurai easily overtook favored Conquest Farenheit to win Saturday’s $75,000 Rainbow Stakes at Santa Anita by 1 ¼ lengths
An attentive fifth with three furlongs to run, Sharp Samurai was full of run while in the two-path turning for home when Stevens opted to dive to the rail, inside both pacesetter Monster Man and Conquest Farenheit.
“That was a Hall of Fame ride,” said Glatt. “Gary put up one helluva ride there, believe me. I thought he’d be up closer, but if we can get him back like that (off the pace), we’ll take it. This horse hasn’t done anything wrong since his first race. Last time (a fourth place finish in a one mile turf stakes here on May 6), he got into a bit of a pace duel…I think a mile and an eighth might be his best distance.”
Off at 5-1 in a field of 11 three year olds, Sharp Samurai paid $12.80, $5.40 and $3.80.
Owned by Al and Sandee Kirkwood, he’s now unbeaten in two starts at a mile and one eighth on turf and he now has three wins from six overall starts. With the winner’s share of $46,980, Sharp Samurai, a Kentucky-bred gelding by First Samurai, boosted his earnings to $105,870.
“They didn’t expect him to be that far back but I got in the pocket and he was switched off,” said Stevens, a member of racing’s Hall of Fame since 1997. “He was very, very mature and I didn’t ask him for anything. I was pretty sure I had a lot of horse. When Santiago (Gonzalez, aboard Monster Man) drifted off the fence in the stretch, I asked my horse and I was right, he was loaded. It was a lot of fun.”
Ridden by Norberto Arroyo, Jr., Conquest Farenheit was lapped on the pacesetter turning for home and proved second best, finishing 1 ¼ lengths clear of Monster Man. Off at even money, Conquest Farenheit paid $2.80 and $2.20.
Ridden by Santiago Gonzalez, Monster Man was dispatched at 11-1 and paid $5.20 to show.
Fractions on the race were 23.70, 48.18, 1:11.95 and 1:35.75.
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