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SUMMER MOVIE ENDS SKID IN BUFFALO PURSE UPSET TO HELP GENERATE PICK SIX CARRYOVER OF $49,796 INTO FRIDAY CARD, $25,598 CARRIED OVER IN SUPER HIGH 5
ARCADIA, Calif. (Oct. 20, 2011) – Summer Movie, a 4-year-old son of Holy Bull owned by motion picture theater magnate George Krikorian, called on his back class Thursday to grind out a neck victory over Kate’s Event in Santa Anita’s $54,060 allowance feature, The Buffalo Purse at 1 1/16 miles.
With jockey Agapito Delgadillo finding an opening between horses to take the lead turning for home, Summer Movie held sway to end a nine-race losing streak while covering the distance in 1:41.52.
As the fourth choice at 4-1 odds in a field of five, Summer Movie helped to generate a Pick Six carryover of $49,796 into Santa Anita’s Friday program of eight races that get underway at 1 p.m.
“He had never run on dirt before,” said winning trainer Art Sherman, “but he was training great on it, and he just seems to be coming around. He’s not the horse he was before, but he’s a pretty game horse.”
As a 3-year-old in 2010, the $120,000 sales purchase competed with many of the West Coast’s leading sophomores. He ran a solid fourth in Hollywood Park’s Grade III Affirmed Handicap before a close third behind Skipshot and Sidney’s Candy in the Grade II Swaps. He would chase Twirling Candy in the Grade II Del Mar Derby.
But the gray colt was never a serious factor in four starts earlier this year, three on grass and one over Del Mar’s Polytrack Surface.
He took the lead in bold fashion in The Buffalo. “I had a little bit of room between horses, so I took a chance,” said Delgadillo.
Ridden by Martin Pedroza, Kate’s Event rallied for second, 8 ½ lengths ahead of 19-10 favorite Racing Aptitude. The latter was making his California debut for trainer Bob Baffert with Martin Garcia aboard. Donato, the 2-1 second choice, fell back to last after setting much of the early pace.
The winner paid $10.40, $5.80 and $3. Kate’s Event returned $3.80 and $2.60. Racing Aptitude paid $2.60 to show.
The winning purse of $30,600 boosted the career earnings of Summer Movie to $132,860 from a 3-0-2 record in 14 starts.
The Pick Six sequence on Friday begins with the third race, scheduled to be run at 2:03 p.m. Fifty-seven horses are set to compete in the races that comprise the Pick Six, or an average of over nine per race.
Longshot Swift Beauty, a 5-year-old mare owned in part and trained by Bruce Headley, won the eighth race, paying $34 to win and helped to eliminate any winning tickets in the Super High 5. This resulted in a carryover to Friday of $25,598 in the wager that requires players to tab the first five finishers in the last race each day.
First post time on Friday is 1 p.m.