CASTLETOWN RETURNS TO TOP FORM, TAKES SANTA ANITA ALLOWANCE FEATURE WITH BEJARANO UP

ARCADIA, Calif. (March 8, 2013)—Even money favorite Castletown was sent from the gate and never headed en route to an impressive second condition allowance victory at Santa Anita on Friday under Rafael Bejarano, winning by 1 ¾ lengths while getting six furlongs in 1:09.34 on a wet fast main track.

Trained by Tim Yakteen, the lightly raced 5-year-old gelding by Orientate was fifth, beaten only 1 ¾ lengths in the Grade I Santa Anita Sprint Championship on Oct. 6, and came off a disappointing third place finish in a second condition allowance on Jan. 12.

“It’s been a little challenging, but we were very fortunate to finally get a race to go,” said Yakteen. “I was concerned about the rain and the wet track because he hasn’t run on it, so it was nice to see him handle it very well.

“We’ll see how he comes out of this race. He’s a neat horse, he’s so consistent.”

Owned and bred by Mercedes Stables LLC, Castletown sped through fractions of 22.41, 45.61 and 57.70.

“My horse broke very well and he went to the lead very easily,” said Bejarano. “The whole race was easy. I didn’t ever feel any pressure anytime during the race. He can really run.”

He paid $4.20, $2.60 and $2.10. With the winner’s share of $36,000, he increased his bankroll to $149,790. His record now stands at 8-3-1-2.

Last early in the field of six, Kate’s Event, with Julien Leparoux up, rallied four-wide into the lane and finished second, 3 ¼ lengths in front of longshot McKenzies Way and Eswan Flores.

Off as the third wagering choice at 7-2, Kate’s Event paid $3.60 and $2.80.

The biggest price in the field at 24-1, McKenzies Way rallied to finish a half length in front of Bench Points and Tyler Baze.

McKenzies Way paid $5.20 to show.

The Grade II, $300,000 San Felipe Stakes heads a nine-race program at Santa Anita on Saturday. First post time is 12:30 p.m.