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COMEBACKING GLOBETROTTER LIFTS SADLER INTO TRAINING TIE, FREE FRIDAY CROWD REACHES 9,040
ARCADIA, Calif. (April 17, 2009) – Comebacking Globetrotter gained his first victory since taking the 2007 running of Canada’s Group III Grey Breeders’ Cup Stakes at Woodbine on Friday when he captured Santa Anita’s $56,400 allowance feature at 1 1/8 miles on turf, before a meet-high “Free Fridays” crowd of 9,040.
Joel Rosario, who had missed the previous two days of racing due to illness, guided the 2-1 favorite between horses in the stretch to emerge with a one-length win over Lease of Life and give trainer John Sadler his second victory of the afternoon.
As a result, Sadler made up four wins since Wednesday to move into a tie with defending titlist Mike Mitchell in the meet’s trainers’ standings with two days remaining in the 84-day race meet. Each has saddled 39 winners.
Globetrotter, a 4-year-old son of Street Cry, was timed in 1:46.04 after running second on March 18 in his first start for Sadler following 15 months on the sidelines.
Lease of Life, ridden by David Flores, edged Power Blitz, with Alex Solis aboard, by one-half length for the place while 2-1 second choice Temple City settled for fourth after running into severe traffic problems in the field of six.
The winner paid $6.40, $3.40 and $2.60. Lease of Life returned $3.80 and $3.20 while Power Blitz paid $4 to show.
A $150,000 yearling purchase owned by Earle I. Mack, Globetrotter began his career in 2007 with a pair of wins including the Grey Stakes. He went on the shelf following a fourth-place finish in Woodbine’s Display Stakes in November of 2007.
Friday’s winning purse of $33,600 boosted the chestnut Florida-bred’s earnings to $235,554 in five career starts.
With the trainers’ race going down to the wire, Sadler sends out but one starter on Saturday, 2-1 morning line favorite Black Mamba in the Grade II, $200,000 Santa Barbara Handicap for fillies and mares at 1 ¼ miles on turf. Mitchell sends out the morning line favorites in two other races.
Mitchell, however, will have far greater opportunities on Sunday’s closing day when saddling six entrants including leading contenders Big Booster, the defending champion, and Church Service in the Grade II, $200,000 San Juan Capistrano Handicap at 1 ¾ miles on turf. Sadler will run only one horse on Sunday.
Santa Anita has 10-race programs scheduled on both weekend dates to conclude its 84-day season that began last Dec. 26. Post time each day is at 12:30 p.m.