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PEPPY BOLLY, WITH TALAMO UP, TAKES FEATURED SONOMA PURSE
TWO-DAY CARRYOVER CREATES MASSIVE POOL OF $1.7 MILLION, ONE WINNING TICKET, WORTH A WHOPPING $1,093,518 IS PURCHASED THROUGH XPRESSBET
ARCADIA, Calif. (April 19, 2013)—Second in her last two starts, Peppy Bolly, with Joe Talamo up, overhauled 7-5 favorite A Drop Dead Diva at the top of the stretch and went on to a 2 ¾ length victory in Friday’s $30,000 Sonoma Purse at Santa Anita, getting six furlongs in 1:10.94.
A starter allowance for fillies and mares three and up, the Sonoma attracted a field of eight, but with a scratch at the gate of longshot Firendesire, it was reduced to seven horses.
“We needed a good trip today,” said Talamo, who had ridden the Gary Mandella trainee in her last two starts. “I was a little worried because we were about four-wide going to the far turn, but she’s the kind of filly that you don’t want to get much dirt in her face. She really kicked away nice today and I only showed her the stick one time.”
Off as the second choice at 7-2, Peppy Bolly broke from post six and was laying second, 1 ½ lengths off longshot Metaxa passing the half mile pole.
Peppy Bolly, a 4-year-old California-bred filly by Old Topper, paid $9.00, $4.40 and $2.60.
“She ran her best race here today,” said Mandella. “You have to have a quiet rider that just drops their hands and not send her—but not take her back, just let her do whatever she wants to do and that has worked best…Joe has her figured out now so hopefully he’ll stay with her next time.”
Owned by her breeders, Glassman or Tempkin, Peppy Bolly picked up $21,600 for the win, boosting her earnings to $90,600. Her record now stands at 13-2-6-0.
Lets Get Frisky, a first-out California-bred maiden $50,000 winner on Feb. 21, faced winners for the first time in the Sonoma and made a good run late to finish second with Rafael Bejarano, 1 ¼ lengths in front of A Drop Dead Diva.
Off at 9-2, Lets Get Frisky paid $5.60 and $3.20.
A Drop Dead Diva, ridden by Tyler Baze, dueled for the lead and gained the advantage turning for home but could not hold off the winner past the furlong pole. She was tagged late for the place and finished 3 ¼ lengths in front of Metaxa, who was ridden by Alberto Delgado.
A Drop Dead Diva paid $2.20 to show.
With a two-day Pick Six carryover of $370,763 to prime the pari-mutuel pump, Friday’s total Pick Six pool reached $1,723,706. There was just one winning ticket, worth a whopping $1,093,518, that was purchased off-track through XpressBet.
Just two racing days remain at the current winter/spring meet. Santa Anita will offer a nine-race program on Saturday, with the Grade II Santa Barbara Handicap and the Grade III San Simeon Stakes highlighting the day’s racing.
First post time on Saturday is 12:30 p.m.