ARCADIA, Calif. (March 24, 2012) – They raced 1 ½ miles in Saturday’s Grade III, $100,000 Tokyo City Cup, and after the field bunched rounding the Santa Anita marathon’s far turn, only a neck separated victorious Dynamic Host from runner-up Dhaamer at the finish line.
The two steadily separated themselves from the others entering the stretch with 5-1 Dynamic Host, who had rallied from last under David Flores, taking over. Irish-import Dhaamer, the 5-2 second choice, determinedly closed the gap. But Dynamic Host was steadfast while crossing the wire in 2:30.22 on the “fast” main track.
In the end, it was 4 ¼ lengths back to third-place Skipshot and another 13 ¼ back to fourth-place Eldaafer. Twice the Appeal, the 9-5 favorite, wound up sixth, 27 lengths behind the winner.