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LIEVE’S UPSET WIN AT 13-1 IN LENNYFROMALIBU PURSE SPARKS ONLY THIRD PICK SIX CARRYOVER OF MEET: $68,093 INTO FRIDAY’S CARD
ARCADIA, Calif. (Feb. 10, 2011) – Lieve, a 6-year-old Brazilian import who had not won a race since September of 2009 in his native country, emerged victorious in a three-horse driving finish in Santa Anita’s featured $60,200 Lennyfromalibu Purse on Thursday to generate only the third Pick Six carryover of the 29-day-old meet.
Under an aggressive ride by Corey Nakatani, Lieve nudged former stablemate Times Gone By by a head in the one-mile turf event timed in 1:34.69 to ensure a carryover of $68,093 into Friday’s Pick Six. The six-race exotic will begin with the third race on an eight race program that gets underway at 1 p.m.
In two previous starts in North American, Lieve had not been close, but he had chased some local standouts: Caracortado in his U.S. debut at Hollywood Park last November and Jeranimo as well as runner-up Fluke just 2 ½ weeks later.
Trained by Hall of Famer Richard Mandella for those two starts, Lieve returned to action on Thursday for new trainer A. C. Avila while dismissed at odds of 13-1.
In a bit of irony, the Mandella-trained comebacker, Times Gone By, who had been on the sidelines since June of last year, turned in a bang-up effort to just get nodded after taking the lead in deep stretch. He was ridden by Martin Garcia, who picked up the mount after Victor Espinoza suffered facial lacerations in a first race spill.
Another comebacker, Bogie, finished a fast-closing third in the rollicking Lennyfromalibu finish with Garrett Gomez aboard. Irrefutable, the 13-10 favorite who set much of pace while routing and running on turf for the first time, fell back to fifth in the field of eight.
Nakatani had the winner closely stalking the early pace with Times Gone By running right behind the pace-setter. After Times Gone By had taken over, Lieve surged between horses in the final sixteenth to settle the issue.
The third longest price in the field, Lieve returned $28.60, $10.20 and $7.20. Times Gone By paid $5.80 and $3.60. Bogie, the 7-2 second choice, paid $4.40 to show.
The winning purse of $35,400 was about $6,000 shy of Lieve’s career earnings entering the race. It brought his total earnings to $77,025 for owner Armando Rodrigues Carneiro, Jr. from a 4-3-1 record in 16 lifetime starts.
Only one favorite was victorious on the entire card, Call Me Later at $4 in the fourth race. Every other winner in the Pick Six sequence returned payoffs in double digits including Cry Hallelujah ($13.80, 3rd race); Warren’s Got Game ($19.20, 5th), Flashy Traveler ($12.60, 6th) and Leyva Man ($13, 8th).