ONE WINNING PICK SIX TICKET PURCHASED THROUGH TVG PAYS $53,868
ARCADIA, Calif. (Oct. 11, 2012)–With a three-horse speed duel setting up her late kick, Surfside Tiara, under Rafael Bejarano, found a seam three from the rail a furlong out and stormed to an impressive half length win in Sunday’s $70,000 Anoakia Stakes for 2-year-old fillies. Trained by Jerry Hollendorfer, the Kentucky-bred filly by Scat Daddy overhauled longshot Uptown Twirl late and got six furlongs in 1:10.84.
“It was good,” said Bejarano, who sat fourth into the far turn behind a three-horse spread consisting of Lemhill Basr, Uptown Twirl and Miss Big Stuff. “I tried to send her from the gate, but I knew those three fillies were all going to go for the lead, so I knew if I didn’t get the lead I would still just sit in behind Lemhill Basr.
“I thought Miss Big Stuff would try to put pressure on her, so I let them go a little and when we got to the stretch, I put my filly in the clear and she showed me a big kick.”
Well beaten at 8-1 in the Grade I, seven furlong Del Mar Debutante Sept. 5, Surfside Tiara, who was making her fourth career start, was the 5-2 third choice in a field of seven and paid $7.60, $4.40 and $3.20. Owned by M Racing, Randy Dang, Michael Pageler, Gatto Racing, LLC, Steve Mellen and partners, Surfside Tiara, who broke her maiden two starts back, got her first stakes win and improved her overall mark to 4-2-1-0. With the winner’s share of $44,100, she increased her earnings to $96,350.
Hollendorfer indicated that the winner would remain sprinting for now.
“I would consider the Desi Arnaz for her at seven furlongs (to be run at Del Mar in November),” he said. “We’re going to try and run at Del Mar. We’re going to have some stalls down there and we’ll try to run there. After that, we’ll come back here and get ready for the big meet (Santa Anita’s Winter Meet, which opens Dec. 26).”
Ridden by Joe Talamo, Uptown Twirl, who was between Lemhill Basr and Miss Big Stuff into and around the far turn, finished second, 6 ½ lengths clear of longshot Find Joy. Off at 9-1, Uptown Twirl paid $7.60 and $3.60.
“She broke good, but I wish we could’ve been drawn outside the speed,” said Talamo. “The way it was, we got a lot of pressure and I think it might’ve been different if we’d drawn a little better. She was pretty gritty, all things considered.
Ridden by Tiago Pereira, Find Joy rallied from well off the pace at 29-1 and paid $6.80 to show.
Fractions on the race were 21.77, 45.05 and 57.83.
There was just one winning ticket in Sunday’s Pick Six. Purchased through TVG for an as-yet undisclosed amount, it paid $53,868.
Santa Anita will be open for a special nine-race Columbus Day Holiday card on Monday. First post time is at 1 p.m., with admission gates opening at 11 a.m.