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UPSET BY VALUE STREAM RESULTS IN SOME UNUSUAL PAYOFFS
ARCADIA, Calif. (March 4, 2010) – Winless in eight starts dating to July of 2008, Value Stream burst back into the victory column Thursday when posting an 8-1 upset in Santa Anita’s $55,920 allowance feature for fillies and mares at 1 1/16 miles.
The 5-year-old A.P. Indy mare, with Joel Rosario in the saddle, stormed from last in the field of seven to defeat 5-2 second-choice Saucey Evening by 2 ¼ lengths while covering the distance in 1:43.52. Divine Legacy, at 21-1, finished a nose back in third.
With pacesetter and 7-10 favorite Lady Alex fading to sixth, some unusual payoffs resulted inasmuch as the heavy choice had finished first or second in her seven previous starts.
Value Stream paid $18.40, $5.40 and $12. The place and show prices on Saucey Evening, ridden by Jose Valdivia Jr., were $3.60 and $6.60. Divine Legacy, with Victor Espinoza aboard, returned $17.20 to show.
Lady Alex, a 4-year-old filly who had never raced beyond one mile, was promptly sent to the front by Rafael Bejarano. However, she was pressured much of the journey by Gumption and Divine Legacy while racing through moderate fractions of 24.06, 47.58 and 1:11.50.
Value Stream trailed until nearing the far turn where Rosario unloosened her rally. The Kentucky-bred, trained by Neil Drysdale, closed stoutly on the extreme outside to win going away.
The victory was worth $31,200 to Robert S. Evans. It elevated Value Stream’s career earnings to $157,911 from a 3-4-1 record in 14 starts.
Santa Anita continues its popular “Free Fridays” promotion on Friday when admission to the eight-race program will be free with box seats offered at no charge on a first come, first served basis. There will be a $1 charge for hot dogs, sodas, beer, popcorn and coffee. First post is at 1 p.m.