CRANKY JACK RALLIES STRONGLY TO CAPTURE TEMECULA PURSE; PICK SIX POOL TOTALS $924,164 AND PAYS $3,832

ARCADIA, Calif. (Dec. 29, 2011) – Cranky Jack, a 4-year-old son of Unusual Heat, notched his second career victory Thursday when closing boldly between horses to take Santa Anita’s $59,750 Temecula Purse for California-breds at 6 ½ furlongs over the track’s hillside turf course.

The Temecula Purse, run as the seventh race on an eight-race card, was the next-to-last leg in the afternoon’s Pick Six. A carryover of $148,184 awaited fans, who bet an additional $775,980 for a total Pick Six pool of $924,164. There were 147 winning tickets, which each paid $3,832.

With Garrett Gomez at the controls, Cranky Jack overtook 3-1 second-choice Dance With Gable, a winner of 15 career races, in deep stretch to score by one-half length in 1:13.00. Starspangled Heat, another Unusual Heat offspring, finished third in the field of 10, a nose behind Dance With Gable. Husband’s Folly, the 5-2 favorite, ran fifth.

Cranky Jack, sent off at odds of 5-1, gained his second win in the eighth start of his career for trainer Gary Stute. The dark bay colt, owned by Tim Addis and Kyle Ferraro, had spent 15 months on the sidelines following his career debut in March of last year.

He paid $13.60, $5.80 and $4.80. Dance With Gable, ridden by Martin Pedroza, returned $4.20 and $3.20. Starspangled Heat, with Corey Nakatani aboard, paid $5.80 to show.

Gomez, riding Cranky Jack for the first time, kept his mount well off the pace early after he had been an early factor in his four previous races. “When riding this course, you have to bide your time and find your spot,” said Gomez on HRTV. “We found our spot.”

The winning purse of $34,800 increased the career earnings of Cranky Jack to $72,182.

The 15th running of the $75,000 Blue Norther Stakes heads Friday’s eight-race program that gets underway at 1 p.m. Kentucky shipper Lady of Shamrock is the 7-2 morning line favorite among nine entrants in the one-mile turf event for 2-year-old fillies.

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