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MOTOWN MEN MOWS DOWN OPPOSITION IN $59,250 BLUE CREEK PURSE; MILD UPSET HELPS LEAD TO A PICK SIX CARRYOVER OF $47,834 INTO FRIDAY
ARCADIA, Calif. (Feb. 7, 2013) – Winless in seven starts since a victory in his maiden debut, Motown Men mowed down his nine opponents Thursday with a dominant gate-to-wire triumph in Santa Anita’s $59,250 Blue Creek Purse for California-breds while covering one mile on turf in 1:33.61.
The second choice at 7-2 in the wagering, the 4-year-old Decarchy gelding’s facile victory by 3 ½ lengths in the seventh race made him the seventh non-favorite to succeed on the afternoon and led to a Pick Six carryover of $47,834 into Friday’s program.
While lengthening his lead in the meet’s jockeys’ standings to 10 wins over second-place Edwin Maldonado, Rafael Bejarano promptly sent Motown Men to the lead as Pulpit’s Express gave chase.
The pair raced in that order until hitting the stretch where the winner spurted to a daylight lead before Ride Along rallied to pass Pulpit’s Express by one length for the place.
“The last time I rode him, he never could relax,” Bejarano recalled of a runner-up effort on Jan. 11. “Today, I just left him alone and he went to the lead easily. He ran fast in the beginning, but I still had a lot of horse at the end. It was a good time, 1:33-and-change. It was a good race.” Added trainer Peter Eurton, “Look how fast they ran; it was quite impressive.”
Motown Men paid $9, $4.80 and $3.40. Ride Along, with Tyler Baze in the saddle, returned $8 and $6.20. Pulpit’s Express, ridden by Gary Stevens, paid $9.80 to show.
Owned by the partnership of Mark Gorman, Neil Haymes and Sterling Stables, Motown Men was making his fourth start for trainer Eurton that included a pair of runner-up finishes and a faltering seventh in the $150,000 Zia Park Derby.
Victory in Thursday’s allowance/optional claimer netted earnings of $34,800 to bring Motown Men’s career total to $125,180 from a 2-3-0 record in 9 starts.
Santa Anita presents an eight-race program on Friday. First post is at 1 p.m. The Pick Six begins approximately one hour later with the third race. The Pick Six pool is expected to exceed $300,000.