ARCADIA, Calif. (March 4, 2016)–English-bred Nancy From Nairobi continued her stateside ascent with an emphatic 2 ½ length win in Friday’s $63,000 Santa Anita allowance feature under Abel Lezcano. Owned by Hronis Racing, LLC and trained by John Sadler, the 5-year-old mare rallied three-wide turning for home en route to covering one mile on turf in 1:34.70.
With the temporary inner rail set at 30 feet, Nancy From Nairobi appeared to have a tall order in front of her when fifth in a field of seven older fillies and mares going into the far turn.
“This course has been speed favoring, so we were a little scared when we were back off the pace early,” said owner Kosta Hronis. “She didn’t break well and we were last going into the first turn, but the jock played it smart and let her settle. She finished really strong, especially with the rail at 30 feet. I think John would like to run in the Santa Ana (Grade II, 1 1/8 miles on turf March 26) next.”
A winner of a second condition allowance in her third stateside start on Feb. 5, Nancy From Nairobi was the second choice in the betting at 2-1 and paid $6.60, $3.00 and $2.80. With the winner’s share of $37,800, she increased her earnings to $151,456. She now has four wins from 21 overall starts.
Ridden by Mike Smith, favored Glory sat second behind fractions of 23.20, 46.43, 1:10.62 and 1:22.67 before being inhaled by the winner approaching the sixteenth pole. Off at 3-2, she finished 2 ¼ lengths in front of her stablemate Hijra and paid $3.00 and $2.80.
Off at 26-1 with Martin Garcia, Irish-bred Hijra paid $6.80 to show.
First post time for a nine-race card, which will be highlighted by the undefeated Eclipse Champion Songbird’s presence in the Grade III, $100,000 Santa Ysabel Stakes, is at 12:30 p.m. Admission gates open at 10:30 a.m.