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YOU GOT ME ROCKING STEALS YOSEMITE PURSE IN 7-1 UPSET
ARCADIA, Calif. (Feb. 26, 2009) – A 7-1 shot owned by Jane and Burt Bacharach, You Got Me Rocking took command at once and gradually widened to a 4 ¼-length upset Thursday in Santa Anita’s $56,800 Yosemite Purse as 3-5 favorite Midships finished off the board in the mile-and-one-eighth turf competition.
With Tyler Baze in the saddle, You Got Me Rocking completed the distance in 1:46.12 after dictating moderate fractions that included the first half-mile in 47.85 and six furlongs in 1:11.35.
Icemancometh, who prompted the pace throughout under Mike Smith, held on for second in the field of seven, a head in front of Slam Dunk and jockey Rafael Bejarano.
Midships, who raced near the rear, attempted to mount a late charge on the extreme outside, but failed to be a factor while checking in fourth, much to the chagrin of trainer Bobby Frankel.
The Hall of Fame trainer had remarked before the race that he was “sorry” he had not put Midships in the March 7 Santa Anita Handicap instead of Thursday’s optional claiming feature.
Midships, after all, had beaten 2008 Breeders’ Cup Turf champion Conduit in England early last year, and he finished a fast closing third behind Court Vision and Cowboy Cal in his only previous United States start, the Grade I Hollywood Derby last November.
The Yosemite Purse, however, strictly belonged to You Got Me Rocking, who was scoring his first win for trainer Mike Mitchell after setbacks in three graded stakes and a second in an optional claimer.
The victorious 5-year-old gray gelding paid $16, $8 and $8. Irish-bred Icemancometh paid $8 and $7 while Slam Dunk returned $7.60 to show.
You Got Me Rocking, who had raced mostly in Kentucky before joining the Mitchell barn last June, earned $33,600 for the victory to bring his career total to $141,710 from a 3-2-2 mark in 15 starts.
The result provided Mitchell with his second victory on the eight-race program and his 19th for the meeting, which moved him one win ahead of John Sadler and Doug O’Neill atop the trainers’ standing.
The result also was a key element in the Pick Six that, after carrying over for two days, rewarded two winning ticket holders with payoffs of $930,365.60.
Santa Anita offers free admission for Friday’s eight-race card with box seats free on a first-come, first-served basis. Hot dogs, beer, sodas and popcorn will be priced at $1. First post is at 1 p.m.