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MANDELLA-CONDITIONED CALLE VISTA ALTERS TACTICS, RELAXES WELL TO WIN $63,000 ALLOWANCE FEATURE
ARCADIA, Calif. (March 24, 2011)—Calle Vista changed riders, altered tactics and won Santa Anita’s $63,000 allowance feature by a neck under Martin Garcia, negotiating a mile on a rain-dampened “good” turf in 1:37.42.
Typically a front-runner, Calle Vista, conditioned by Richard Mandella, notched her second consecutive win, having taken a second-condition allowance gate to wire going 1 1/8 miles on turf on Feb. 13 under Joel Rosario, who was unavailable today as he is en route to the Middle East to ride in Saturday’s Dubai World Cup competition.
Garcia proved a more than capable replacement.
“Mr. Mandella’s assistant told me to let her break on her own and place herself,” said Garcia. “He said the main thing was to keep her comfortable and if somebody else wanted the lead, to let them go. Gomez’s filly (Summers Peace) broke sharp and wanted the lead, so we let her have it. My filly relaxed really good.”
Calle Vista stalked the pacesetter to the far turn and took the lead turning into the stretch. From there, she had to hold off a furious stretch rally from 2-1 favorite Talktoomuch, with Joe Talamo up.
“In the last sixteenth, that other filly (Talktoomuch) came close to us, but my filly switched to her left lead and really dug in. It was a photo finish, but I was sure we had won it,” Garcia said.
Owned and bred in Kentucky by Diamond A Racing Corporation, the 5-year-old Calle Vista, a daughter of Pleasantly Perfect, paid $9.40, $4.00 and $2.80.
Talktoomuch paid $3.20 and $2.60. Startjumpin Marnie, with Corey Nakatani, paid $2.40 to show.
With the winner’s share of $37,800, Calle Vista’s earnings now stand at $164,740. She has four wins and four second place finishes from 10 career starts.
Racing resumes on Friday at Santa Anita with first post at 1 p.m. Santa Anita’s popular Free Fridays promotion will include free General Admission, $2 beers, sodas and hot dogs.