ARCADIA, Calif. (June 15, 2018)–Holly and David Wilson’s Calexman traded punches down Santa Anita’s hillside turf with Unpossible and emerged standing as the chestnut son of Midshipman prevailed by one length in Friday’s $61,000 allowance feature. Ridden by Geovanni Franco and trained by Vladimir Cerin, Calexman got 6 ½ furlongs on turf in 1:13.76.
Breaking alertly from his outside post position, Calexman went to the front and was immediately engaged by Unpossible and Joe Talamo, who hustled his mount from the rail, whereupon it was “game-on” until Calexman gained a narrow advantage at the dirt crossing.
Second, beaten a nose under the same conditions here on May 17, Calexman was dispatched as the 7-5 favorite amongst a half dozen three year olds and paid $4.80, $3.40 and $2.60.
“He’s run with some good horses,” said Cerin, in reference to Calexman’s second place finish going a mile on dirt April 8 to Bob Baffert’s highly regarded Ax Man and a fourth place finish behind Triple Crown winner Justify in a one mile allowance three starts back on March 11. “I think he’s better around two turns. We’ll consider the Oceanside (Stakes, one mile turf July 18 at Del Mar). If it splits, he’d have a better chance to run.”
A maiden winner in his third start going one mile on turf five starts back on Nov. 24, Calexman, who is out of the Meadowlake mare Mattie Cakes, is now 8-2-2-0. With the winner’s share of $36,600, he now has earnings of $95,113.
Ridden by Tiago Pereira, More Honor, who was attentive to the pace throughout, finished second by one length. Pereira claimed foul on the winner, alleging interference inside the furlong pole, but the stewards ruled Calexman was well clear of More Honor and disallowed the claim of foul.
Off at 11-1, More Honor paid $8.40 and $4.20.
Heartfullofstars, who was last early, rallied well while wide-out and finished third, 3 ¼ lengths in front of Jimmy Chila. Ridden by Corey Nakatani, Heartfullofstars was off at 5-2 and paid $2.40 to show.
Doug O’Neill, trainer of Jimmy Chila, lodged a claim of foul against More Honor for interference at the top of the lane, but the stewards ruled More Honor was clear of “Jimmy” and disallowed the claim.
Fractions on the race were 21.56, 43.55 and 1:07.27.
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