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MINUTE LIMIT PROVIDES ANOTHER WIN FOR SADLER IN TURF FEATURE
ARCADIA, Calif. (March 25, 2010) – Irish-bred Minute Limit stormed home on the extreme outside under jockey Joel Rosario Thursday to defeat 3-2 favored Irish-bred Manhattan Beach by one length in Santa Anita’s $49,400 allowance feature for fillies and mares at 6 ½ furlongs on turf.
The result provided leading trainer John Sadler with his 33rd victory of the meet and a seven-win lead over Bob Baffert. It deprived Mike Mitchell, who trains Manhattan Beach, of his third winner of the afternoon. The winning time was 1:14.23.
Manhattan Beach, with Rafael Bejarano in the irons, found an opening along the rail to momentarily gain the lead from pacesetter Lemon Supreme in midstretch before Minute Limit came charging on the other extremity.
Lemon Supreme, ridden by Brice Blanc, held on gamely for third in the field of six, a head behind Manhattan Beach.
The second choice at odds of 19-10, Minute Limit paid $5.80, $2.80 and $2.20. Manhattan Beach returned $2.80 and $2.20. The show price on Lemon Supreme was $3.40.
The victory by Minute Limit, a 4-year-old filly owned Team Valor International and Gary Barber, atoned for a runner-up effort to Unzip Me in her previous start, her first over Santa Anita’s downhill turf course.
The winning purse of $29,400 hiked the career earnings of Minute Limit to $100,313 from an overall record of 3-3-0 in 10 races including three in England to begin her career.
Santa Anita’s popular “Free Fridays” promotion continues on Friday with free admission and no charge for box seats on a first-come, first-served basis. Hot dogs, sodas, beer, popcorn and coffee may be purchased for $1 each. First post for the card of eight races is at 1 p.m.