ARCADIA, Calif. (Feb. 11, 2012) – British-bred Slim Shadey, whose 13-1 upset victory in a first-level allowance event one month ago halted an 11-race losing streak, turned Santa Anita’s 60th running of the Grade II, $150,000 San Marcos Stakes topsy turvy on Saturday.
With jockey David Flores at the controls, the 4-year-old gelding was never headed while registering a wire-to-wire win in the mile-and-one-quarter turf fixture at odds of 11-1. Slim Shadey gamely held on to edge 13-1 shot Utopian by a head with 4-1 Norvsky another three-quarters-of-a-length back in third. The final time was 2:01.55.
Most stunning perhaps was that Sanagas, the 4-5 favorite, and 2-1 Bourbon Bay, the San Marcos’ defending champion who had been all but unbeatable over the course, never were serious factors. Millionaire The Usual Q. T. was scratched Saturday morning after developing a hoof ailment.