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BOBINA ADAPTS TO SURFACE SWITCH TO REMAIN UNBEATEN IN $56,840 SUPERSTITION PURSE ON FRIDAY THE THIRTEENTH
ARCADIA, Calif. (April 13, 2012) – After winning her debut on turf, trainer A.C. Avila’s Bobina remained unbeaten over a “sloppy” surface Friday with a dominant half-length victory in the one-mile, $56,840 Superstition Purse for 3-year-old fillies at Santa Anita.
With the track experiencing a downpour during the Friday the Thirteenth afternoon, the Superstition was switched to the main track and lost three of its scheduled seven starters.
The public gravitated to trainer Bob Baffert’s My Selection, a brilliant maiden winner at 5 ½ furlongs last month. She was sent off as the 13-10 favorite. Bobina, who had won debuting by 2 ½ lengths at one mile on grass, was dispatched at odds of 17-10.
In the end, moderate pacesetter My Selection faded to last as Bobina, ridden by Edwin Maldonado, swept past her three rivals rounding the far turn to win in 1:37.20. Gittel edged Starship Flare by 1 ½ lengths for the place.
A Florida-bred daughter of Malibu Moon owned and bred by Haras Santa Maria de Araras, Bobina earned $34,800 to bring her total income to $68,400. With no show wagering, she returned $5.40 and $3. Gittel, ridden by Eswan Flores, paid $4 to place.
The Grade III, $100,000 Las Cienegas Handicap for fillies and mares over Santa Anita’s hillside turf course heads Saturday’s nine-race program with course specialist Unzip Me seeking revenge against Mizdirection, owned by noted sports commentator Jim Rome’s Jungle Racing and partners. First post is at 12:30 p.m.