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LUNAR MIST’S 18-1 UPSET IN CAMBRIA PURSE ASSURES PICK SIX CARRYOVER OF $73,940
ARCADIA, Calif. (March 31, 2011) – Lunar Mist, an 18-1 longshot, streaked through an opening along the rail Thursday to overtake Sarasota Sunshine and win Santa Anita’s featured $59,800 Cambria Purse for fillies and mares by 1 ¼ lengths while negotiating 6 ½ furlongs on turf in 1:13.16.
The result provided Kentucky-based trainer Eric Reed with his first win at Santa Anita after 16 chances and assured a Pick Six carryover of $73,940 into Friday’s 1 p.m. program.
With Martin Pedroza in the saddle, Lunar Mist registered her first victory for owner Jerry Jamgotchian since he claimed the 4-year-old Virginia-bred filly for $40,000 at Keeneland four races back on Oct. 8.
Sarasota Sunshine, racing for sports commentator Jim Rome and partner Dan Capen, had taken the lead early under Joe Talamo and resisted the bid of 11-10 favorite Linda Lou before the winner slipped through on the inside.
Sarasota Sunshine finished one-half length ahead of third-place Linda Lou, ridden by Martin Garcia, in the field of seven.
Lunar Mist paid $39, $12.20 and $4.40. The mutuels on Sarasota Sunshine were $5.20 and $3.60. Linda Lou paid $2.40 to show.
“The key in this race was keeping her (Lunar Mist) a little closer early,” said Pedroza. “Before, I was keeping her too far back.”
In her previous race over the same hillside turf course, Lunar Mist had rallied for third but was no match for victorious Talktoomuch. The gray filly experienced a similar fate one race before when fourth to multiple stakes winner Reba Is Tops, who defeated Linda Lou by a nose.
The victory was worth $35,400 to Jamgotchian while elevating the career earnings of Lunar Mist to $98,706 from a record of 3-2-2 in 11 starts.
Santa Anita will present an eight-race card on Friday with the Pick Six sequence beginning with the third race. Santa Anita will offer free General Admission on all remaining Fridays and will also make box seats available free, while supplies last.