MACIAS WIN IN EDDIE LOGAN GIVES ESPINOZA ANOTHER STAKES WIN

ARCADIA, Calif., (Dec. 28, 2009) – Racing on turf and beyond a sprint distance for the first time, 5-2 second-choice Macias held off fast-closing 3-2 favorite Alfarabi to win Monday’s fourth running of the $72,150 Eddie Logan Stakes for 2-year-olds while traversing the one-mile distance in 1:35.11 at Santa Anita.

With jockey Victor Espinoza gaining his third stakes victory on the Santa Anita meet’s third day, Macias tracked longshot pace-setter Lucks Mine, took command in midstretch and had enough in reserve to turn back Alfarabi by three-quarters-of-a-length.

ARCADIA, Calif., (Dec. 28, 2009) – Racing on turf and beyond a sprint distance for the first time, 5-2 second-choice Macias held off fast-closing 3-2 favorite Alfarabi to win Monday’s fourth running of the $72,150 Eddie Logan Stakes for 2-year-olds while traversing the one-mile distance in 1:35.11 at Santa Anita.

With jockey Victor Espinoza gaining his third stakes victory on the Santa Anita meet’s third day, Macias tracked longshot pace-setter Lucks Mine, took command in midstretch and had enough in reserve to turn back Alfarabi by three-quarters-of-a-length.

A Keeneland yearling purchase for $170,000 by Zayat Stables, the victorious son of Purge provided trainer Bob Baffert with his fifth win of Santa Anita’s 75th anniversary race meeting.

Thomas Baines, with Tyler Baze aboard, finished third, two lengths behind Alfarabi, who rallied from last while taking the overland route under Garrett Gomez in the field of eight.

Macias paid $7.40, $3.60 and $3. The prices on Alfarabi were $2.60 and $2.60. Thomas Baines returned $5 to show. The winning purse of $42,570 boosted the winner’s earnings to $127,117 from a 3-0-1 record in 5 starts.

In his previous start, Macias had led into the stretch of the Grade III Hollywood Prevue over seven furlongs before fading to fourth behind the winner, American Lion.

“I’m hoping to slow him down a little bit,” Baffert had said before the Eddie Logan. “I think Victor might be able to rate him. He’s really strong.” Said Espinoza of Macias after the race, “He settled down very nicely. Going into the far turn, I had a lot of horse under me, and when I asked him, he really accelerated. I knew the other horse (Alfarabi) was running, but there was no worry.”

“Victor did just what I wanted, hold him back,” Baffert said. “That’s why I rode him; he’s strong enough to do that. It’s nice to win this race named for Eddie Logan. ‘Give me the leather and we’ll get it together.’ That’s what he used to say.”

The Eddie Logan celebrates the memory of Santa Anita’s colorful shoeshine attendant who ran his stand from opening day, Dec. 25, 1934, until his death at the age of 98 on Jan. 31, 2008.

Santa Anita will be dark on Tuesday prior to its customary five-day race week with the resumption of racing on Wednesday and continuing through Sunday. First post for Wednesday’s eight-race program is at 1 p.m.

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