ARCADIA, Calif. (Nov. 1, 2014)–Switched to the main track due to a half inch of rain overnight and into this morning, Saturday’s $100,000 Juvenile Turf Sprint Santa Anita was a walk in the park for favored Ocho Ocho Ocho, who skated to an emphatic 5 ¾ length win under Joe Talamo. Trained by Jim Cassidy, the 2-year-old Street Sense colt covered 6 ½ furlongs in 1:14.57.
“The track feels good,” said Talamo. “It’s a little mushy on top because of the rain, but it feels pretty even throughout. I didn’t ride him any differently even though it came off the turf. He broke so sharp, I didn’t want to take it away from him. He was going easy. His ears were up and down through the lane and I still had a lot of horse that last part.”
Originally scheduled for 6 ½ furlongs down the hillside turf course, the change in surface resulted in seven scratches to an original cast of 14, leaving seven juveniles left to run. Off at 4-5, Ocho Ocho Ocho paid $3.60, $2.80 and $2.10.
Owned by Deron Pearson’s DP Racing, LLC, Ocho Ocho Ocho broke his maiden going 5 ½ furlongs on Oct. 11 and is unbeaten in two starts. With the winner’s share of $60,000, he now has $93,600 in earnings.
“We were looking forward to running on the turf,” said Cassidy. “He worked sensational on the grass here with Joe and his bottom side (pedigree) is all turf. When we heard yesterday that it was pretty sure it was going to rain, I called my blacksmith and he came over this morning and put a couple of toe grabs (shoes) on him behind.”
Ridden by Alex Solis, Peacenluvpeacenluv closed into fast fractions of 21.46, 43.96 and 1:08.36 to finish second by 2 ¼ lengths. Off at 11-1, he paid $6.80 and $3.60.
“I had a great trip,” said Solis. “He broke freely and there were a few horses who went ahead and set a nice pace. When I asked him at the five-sixteenths, he gave me a nice kick, but the other horse was better than us today.”
Tizcano, who was part of a three-horse pace contingent that included the winner and Gambler’s Roll, finished third at 7-2 with Tyler Baze and paid $2.80 to show.