THE WHOLE DEAL LEADS THE WHOLE WAY IN $58,000 SANTA MARIA PURSE, PROVIDING MALDONADO & KNAPP WITH DOUBLES ON THE DAY

ARCADIA, Calif. (April 4, 2013)—Breaking from the outside post in Thursday’s $58,000 Santa Maria Purse, The Whole Deal was sent to the front by jockey Edwin Maldonado and he stayed there, winning by a nose while covering 6 ½ furlongs down Santa Anita’s hillside turf course in 1:12.78.

“I’ve ridden him before and tried to rate him, but he doesn’t like it,” said Maldonado, who along with trainer Steve Knapp, picked up his second win on the day. “He just wants to go to the lead. Today we had the six-hole and we decided to take advantage of it. That’s the way he likes to run.”

And run he did. Off as the fourth choice in the six-horse field, The Whole Deal opened up three lengths early and carved out fractions of 21.25, 44.12 and 1:06.75.

Owned by Paul Ladin, the 3-year-old colt by Holy Bull paid $15.20, $6.00 and $3.20. With the winner’s share of $34,800, he increased his earnings to $84,510. He now has three wins and two thirds from 11 lifetime starts.

“The trip was perfect today,” said Knapp. “He’s a game horse.”

Sacred Ovation, off at 10-1 with Joe Steiner, sat second the entire trip and just missed getting up. He paid $9.80 and $3.60.

Irish-bred Horizon Sky was heavily favored at 4-5 with Tyler Baze, but finished a non-threatening third, 1 ½ lengths behind Sacred Ovation. Horizon Sky paid $2.10 to show.

The Santa Maria Purse was a first condition allowance for 3-year-olds. Originally carded with eight entrants, Greely Awesome and Meringue Pie scratched off the program, resulting in the six-horse field.

First post time on Friday is at 1 p.m. For additional racing information, visit www.santaanita.com.