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TRAINER EURTON WINS WITH EIGHTH STRAIGHT STARTER, CHICKIE CHARMS GIVES HIM A DOUBLE ON SATURDAY, SANTA ANITA STREAK BELIEVED TO BE UNPRECEDENTED
ARCADIA, Calif. (April 14, 2012)—Trainer Peter Eurton saddled his eighth consecutive winner at Santa Anita on Saturday, as Chickie Charms stormed home to win by 5 ¼ lengths in the sixth race under Joe Talamo.
Although impossible to confirm, it is believed Eurton’s feat, which began April 5, is unprecedented in the 75-year history of Santa Anita.
“Going into last Saturday, we had four wins and 15 seconds,” said Eurton, 54. “I thought we could turn some of those seconds around and now things are clicking. What can you do? It’s almost scary. Before this race I thought ‘I can’t win this one too.’”
Owned by Sharon Alesia, Bran Jam Stables, Ciaglia Racing and Rob Dyrdek, Chickie Charms paid $8.00 to win.
Eurton’s only other starter on Saturday was Called to Serve, who was a handy 3 ¾ length winner of the fifth race under apprentice Eswan Flores. Off at odds of 5-2, he paid $7.00.
Best known as the trainer of Grade I Del Mar Debutante and Grade I Oak Leaf Stakes winner Weemissfrankie, Eurton insists his current run of good fortune started this past summer at Del Mar.
“It just seems that since (owner) Frank (Alesia) died at Del Mar, we’ve been blessed. Weemissfrankie won there on opening day and then she won the Debutante,” said Eurton.
When asked if he was superstitious about the way he has entered his horses during the streak or with how he’s dressed or watched races, Eurton was quick to respond.
“Not at all. I do things the same way at the barn but I’m not superstitious.”
Eurton’s eight-race roll began on Thursday, April 5, as he sent Belle Passe and Joel Rosario to victory in the third race, paying $4.80 to win.
He recorded a hat trick two days later on Santa Anita Derby Day, April 7, winning the first race with Valley Cat and Rafael Bejarano, the third with Relentless Heat and Talamo and the seventh race with Fiddlers Afleet and Bejarano. The winners paid $8.80, $5.40 and $4.20.
His next starter came on Thursday, April 12. Eurton’s Itssultryinthecape, with Chantal Sutherland up, won the second race by 4 ½ lengths and paid $8.40 to win.
Win number six came on Friday, as Eurton braved stormy weather conditions, giving Kevin Krigger a leg up in the third race aboard Lemon Hero. The result was a head victory and win mutuel of $7.60. Eurton has no horses entered for Sunday and said he “might have a couple horses the last two days of the meet.”
Santa Anita’s 72-day winter/spring meeting concludes next Sunday, April 22.