ARCADIA, Calif. (Feb. 25, 2016)–Ridden with the biblical patience of Job, All Star Bub rallied late to take Thursday’s $60,000 Santa Anita allowance feature by one length under Rafael Bejarano, while covering a mile and one sixteenth in 1:45.12.
Trained by Jerry Hollendorfer, the 4-year-old Midshipman filly was a restrained fifth at the rail heading to the half mile pole and Bejarano had to bide his time at the fence before switching out to the three-path inside the sixteenth pole.
“I had a bad position at the rail,” said Bejarano, who registered his third win of the day. “I knew that (favored) Divina Comedia and Tiz Ladys Legs would take off, so I just tried to hold my position and I stayed right behind the speed.
“In the stretch, I didn’t have anywhere to go but finally Divina Comedia (on the lead at the rail) and Show Stealer (second, just outside of “Divina”) took off a little, so it gave me a chance to get out and in the clear.”
The second choice in a field of six older fillies and mares at 9-5, All Star Bub paid $5.80, $3.20 and $2.80. Owned by Gatto Racing, LLC, Campbell and Hollendorfer, All Star Bub got her third win from 15 starts. With the winner’s share of $36,000, she increased her earnings to $147,360.
Ridden by Tyler Baze, Show Stealer, who finished a half length in front of Backintheacademy, was off at 5-1 and paid $4.40 and $3.00.
Backintheacademy, who split horses turning for home under apprentice Brayan Pena, rallied strongly for third, finishing a nose in front of Divina Comedia. Off at 17-1, Backintheacademy paid $5.80 to show.
Fractions on the race were 24.31, 48.52, 1:12.99 and 1:38.68.
First post time for an eight-race card on Friday at Santa Anita is 1 p.m. Admission gates open at 11 a.m.