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EUROGLIDE ENDS WIN DROUGHT AS 2-5 RED ALERT DAY OFF BOARD
ARCADIA, Calif. (April 9, 2010) – After 10 winless races that included three seconds and four third-place finishes, Euroglide returned to the winner’s circle in dominant style Friday with a 1 ¾-length victory over Dark Islander in Santa Anita’s $54,880 allowance feature at one mile on turf.
With Michael Baze aboard, the 6-year-old gelding overtook pace-setter Worldly while racing wide around the final turn and completed his authoritative mission in 1:33.86 under a hand ride.
Red Alert Day, the 2-5 favorite who had pressed the rapid early pace, fell back to fourth and last in the field that had been reduced from five by the scratch of Aggie Engineer earlier in the day.
Sent off as the second choice at odds of 4-1 in the race with no show wagering, Euroglide paid $10.20 and $4.80. Dark Islander, the field’s longest price at 7-1 with Joel Rosario aboard, paid $6.40 to place. It was one length back to Worldly and jockey Joe Talamo in third. They edged the odds-on favorite by one-half length.
In ending his win drought, Euroglide helped to alter some tough luck that had beset his trainer Pete Eurton in recent months. Eurton had entered the day with three victories and 13 seconds at the Santa Anita meet.
The victory was the first for Euroglide around two turns after having been campaigned as a sprinter for much of a 25-race career. His fifth lifetime win was worth $33,600 and elevated his career earnings to $234,272 for the partnership of Frank Alesia, Bran Jam Stable and Joseph Ciaglia.
Santa Anita offers a pair of stakes races on Saturday, the $100,000 La Puente Stakes and $60,000 Santana Mile, on a nine-race program with first post at 12:30 p.m.
Longtime L.A. Dodger broadcaster Ross Porter will present the trophy for the La Puente and legendary Hall of Fame slugger Frank Robinson will present for the Santana Mile.