SMOOVE IT RALLIES FROM OFF THE PACE TO WIN $60,000 SHARP CAT PURSE; O’NEILL, GUTIERREZ & REDDAM TEAM FOR 3 ¼ LENGTH DOWN HILLSIDE TURF

 

PICK SIX CARRYOVER OF $39,497 INTO SATURDAY, TOTAL PICK SIX POOL SHOULD EXCEED $500,000; LATE PICK FOUR TO OFFER $750,000 GUARANTEED POOL

 

ARCADIA, Calif. (April 3, 2015)–J. Paul Reddam’s homebred Smoove It rallied strongly from off the pace under Mario Gutierrez to take Friday’s $60,000 Sharp Cat Purse allowance, as the 4-year-old California-bred filly by Square Eddie negotiated 6 ½ furlongs down Santa Anita’s hillside turf course in 1:12.66.

Off at 5-1 in a field 10 fillies and mares, Smoove It provided her sire, Square Eddie, with his second win on the card and she paid $12.60, $6.80 and $4.20.

Trained by Doug O’Neill, Smoove It registered her second win in-a-row down the hill and improved her overall record to 17-4-4-4. With the winner’s share of $46,800, she increased her earnings to $248,980.

“She ran great,” said O’Neill. “I think Mario just did a phenomenal job today. He judged the pace well. They were flying early and he was in a perfect spot. When he called on her, she responded great and it was a true credit to Mario, great ride.

“I think staying on the hill is a good move. We’ll have to look at what the calendar tells us, but I think she can go a mile, but at the same time, she just seems to love this hill course.

Reddam, who owns the California-based Square Eddie, was beaming following the win, as Square Eddie was also the sire of Friday’s fifth race winner, Eddie’s First.

“You gotta like that, Square Eddie has had two winners today,” said Reddam. “His first crop (currently 4-year-olds) continues to perform well, even though he was bred to a limited number of mares.”

Last in a strung out field after the first quarter mile, Aguafria and Kent Desormeaux rallied for the place, finishing a head in front of early pacesetter Baruta. Off at 8-1, Aguafria paid $8.60 and $5.80.

Baruta, who was hustled at all cost by Flavien Prat, was pressured early by O’Neill’s Liza Doolittle Day and set fast fractions of 21.15, 43.44 and 1:06.73. Off at 7-1, Baruta relinquished the lead to the winner a sixteenth of a mile out and paid $6.00 to show.

There is a Pick Six carryover of $39,497 into Saturday, Santa Anita Derby Day and it’s expected the total Pick Six pool will exceed $500,000. With 11 races carded, the Pick Six will cover races six through 11. Santa Anita will also offer a guaranteed pool of $750,000 in the Late Pick Four. First post time is early, at 12 noon. Admission gates open at 10 a.m.

 

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