LONGSHOT CATCHY TUNE TAKES $61,400 REX CHAPMAN, TOFFAN HOMEBRED IDLE SINCE AUG. 31, FIRES FRESH

ARCADIA, Calif. (Jan. 13, 2012)—Winless in her last six starts and idle since Aug. 31 at Del Mar, John and Cheryl Toffan’s homebred Catchy Tune came back running in the $61,400 Rex Chapman allowance feature at 6 ½ furlongs down Santa Anita’s hillside turf course, winning by a head in 1:12.38.

Conditioned by Paco Gonzalez and ridden by Martin Garcia, the 5-year-old Kentucky-bred mare by Bernstein tailed off at Del Mar last summer.

“She was sour in her last couple of races,” said co-breeder John Toffan. “We asked Paco what he thought we should do and he said ‘just give her some time off.’ We took her home to our farm in Bradbury, gave her some time and when she came back in, she wanted to train again.” <

Catchy Tune, off at odds of 16-1, was attentive to the early pace, sitting third, two lengths off of the pacesetting favorite, Long Lake Krista at the half mile marker. When the field of nine began to cross the dirt three sixteenths of a mile from the wire, she was just a head off of the leader.

“She was waiting on that horse (Long Lake Krista) in the stretch,” said Garcia. “But when the eight-horse (Talktoomuch and Joe Talamo) came to us on the outside, she dug in and fought really hard.”

Toffan, who has enjoyed great success in graded stakes nationwide, said it’s still a thrill to win with a homebred.

“That’s the most fun—when you’re able to do it from start to finish. From raising them to racing and then hopefully winning with their babies. It’s very special.”

Catchy Tune paid $35.20, $13.00 and $6.60. Her record is now 3-2-1 from 11 starts and with the winner’s share of $36,000, her career earnings are now $130,990.

Long Lake Krista, who was ridden by Rafael Bejarano, got off as the 2-1 favorite and just missed winning in gate to wire fashion. She carved out fractions of 21.25, 43.25 and 1:06.31. Long Lake Krista paid $4.60 and $3.00.

Like the winner, Talktoomuch, an 8-year-old mare, had been idle for several months, as her last start was on Aug. 20 at Del Mar. Ridden by Joe Talamo, she was dispatched as the 7-2 third choice and finished with a rush from off the pace, missing second money by a nose. She paid $3.60 to show.

In Santa Anita’s eighth and final race, there were no winning tickets in the Super High Five wager, resulting in a carryover to Saturday of $44,291.

The Grade II, $150,000 San Fernando Stakes will highlight a nine-race card on Saturday. First post time is set for 12:30 p.m.

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