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ANABAA'S CREATION LIVES UP TO PROMISE IN U.S. DEBUT FOR CANANI
ARCADIA, Calif. (April 2, 2009) – In making not only making her first start in the United States but her first over a synthetic surface, Anabaa’s Creation, an Irish-bred import from France, demonstrated her class Thursday with a decisive victory in Santa Anita’s $62,576 allowance feature for fillies and mares at one mile.
With jockey Tyler Baze gaining his third win of the afternoon, Anabaa’s Creation was rated behind the two early leaders, took control while racing wide around the final turn, and drew off to a 2 ¾-length triumph over fast-closing, but non-threatening Hot n’ Dusty.
The victorious Prestonwood Racing homebred, trained by Julio Canani, covered the distance over Santa Anita’s Pro-Ride surface in 1:35.68 while likely heading for stakes competition at Hollywood Park after the Santa Anita meet concludes on April 19.
Despite the winner’s introduction to an alien country and racing surface, the wagering public was impressed enough with Anabaa’s Creation’s credentials to bet her down to 11-10 favoritism in the field of eight.
She returned $4.20, $3 and $2.80. Second-choice Hot n’ Dusty, ridden by Alex Solis, paid $4.20 and $3. Spinning Yarns, who finished another 2 ½ lengths back with Alonso Quinonez aboard, paid $3.40 to show.
Prior to her stateside debut, the victorious 5-year-old mare had been competitive with some of the top fillies and mares in Europe. As a 3-year-old in 2007, she finished a close fourth in the Group I French Oaks. At 4 last year, Anabaa’s Creation hit the board in a pair of Group III events in France.
She had been working very well over Santa Anita’s Pro-Ride track in preparation for Thursday’s unveiling, so Prestonwood and Canani apparently have surface options for the striking bay mare while mapping out future plans.
The victory on Thursday was worth $33,600 which increased the career earnings of Anabaa’s Creation to $264,366 from an overall record of 3-1-4 in 13 starts.
Santa Anita offers free admission on Friday along with free box seats on a first-come, first-served basis when presenting an eight-race program that begins at 1 p.m. In the highly successful promotion for Friday afternoons, hot dogs, sodas, beers, popcorn and coffee are priced at $1.