ARCADIA, Calif. (May 27, 2016)–Idle since Feb. 14, Arnold Zetcher’s homebred Corps de Ballet rated kindly under Tyler Baze and closed with a rush wide-out to take Friday’s $58,000 Santa Anita allowance feature by a half length. Trained by Simon Callaghan, the 3-year-old Kentucky-bred filly by Speightstown negotiated 6 ½ furlongs down Santa Anita’s hillside turf course in 1:14.62.
“I had her into the bridle just a little coming down the hill,” said Baze. “She was pulling just a little, but she was happy today.”
The “Other Callaghan,” as her stablemate, Irish-bred Well Caught, was off as the 7-5 favorite in her U.S. debut, Corps de Ballet was the third choice at 7-2 in a field of seven sophomore fillies and paid $9.40, $5.40 and $3.60.
“We just freshened her up some and that definitely helped her,” said Callaghan. “It was nice to see that she was able to rate today.”
Out of Zetcher’s multiple stakes winning mare, Private Banking, Corps de Ballet notched her second win from eight starts. With the winner’s share of $34,800, she increased her earnings to $80,725.
“We’ve got about eight mares now and it’s nice to see this filly come back and run so well,” said Zetcher.
(Well Caught, who broke from the rail with Flavien Prat, stumbled badly shortly after the break, dropped back to last and never recovered, finishing last.)
Next to last after the first half mile, Nine Point Nine flew late under Santiago Gonzalez to finish second, a half length in front of pacesetter Cuyathy. Off at 26-1, Nine Point Nine paid $18.20 and $11.60.
Ridden by Martin Garcia, Cuyathy opened up by two lengths approaching the dirt crossing at the top of the lane and showed the way until collared by the winner in the final 40 yards. Off at 37-1, she paid $9.20 to show.
Fractions on the race were 22.13, 44.44 and 1:08.30.
First post time for an 11-race card on Saturday, California Gold Rush Day at Santa Anita is at 2 p.m. Admission gates open at 11:30 a.m.