ARCADIA, Calif. (Feb. 12, 2015)–Wasted At Midnight, sent from the rail under Martin Garcia, proved ultra game in taking Thursday’s $60,000 allowance feature at Santa Anita, as she prevailed by a nose while covering six furlongs in 1:09.43.
“I let her break, I took a position and when I asked her, she just responded and she made it,” said Garcia.
Trained by Richard Mandella, Wasted At Midnight shook loose of Tempe around the far turn, was immediately engaged by 5-2 favorite Harlington’s Rose at the quarter pole and just held off the late charge of Clearly Confused to carry the day at 5-1 in a field of six older fillies and mares.
Owned by Ellen and Peter O. Johnson, Sr., the 5-year-old Florida-bred mare by Midnight Lute paid $12.40, $5.40 and $3.20. In her second start of the year, Wasted At Midnight improved her overall record to 15-3-3-2 and with the winner’s share of $36,000, she hiked her earnings to $170,790.
“It was a perfect trip,” said Mandella. “She looked like she could be the speed of the race if she wanted and she broke there wanting to run. Martin did a great job slowly taking it, not in any hurry and she had something left to fight ’em off.”
Ridden by Rafael Bejarano, Clearly Confused was last, about nine lengths off the lead at the three eighths pole and wheeled five-wide turning for home to just miss while finishing a half length in front of Harlington’s Rose. Off at 7-2, Clearly Confused paid $3.80 and $2.60.
Harlington’s Rose, ridden by Joe Talamo, had dead aim on the winner with three sixteenths of a mile to run but flattened out late to finish third, 8 ½ lengths clear of Ramona’s Wildcat. Harlington’s Rose paid $2.60 to show.
Fractions on the race were 21.79, 44.65 and 56.78.
First post time at Santa Anita on Friday is at 1 p.m. Admission gates open at 11 a.m.