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REDDAM’S BOND HOLDER BREAKS MAIDEN IN STYLE, WINNING GRADE I FRONTRUNNER BY 2 ¼ LENGTHS & SETS SIGHTS ON BREEDERS’ CUP JUVENILE NOV. 2
FIELD OF 10 FRESHMEN CONTEST “WIN AND YOU’RE IN” PREP AT 1 1/16 MILES
ARCADIA, Calif. (Sept. 28, 2013)—Victorious in last year’s Santa Anita Derby, Kentucky Derby and Preakness Stakes, the triumvirate of owner Paul Reddam, jockey Mario Gutierrez and trainer Doug O’Neill tasted Grade I victory again on Saturday as they combined to win Santa Anita’s Grade I FrontRunner Stakes with Bond Holder by 2 ¼ lengths, thus stamping a ticket to the $2 million Breeders’ Cup Juvenile at The Great Race Place Nov. 2.
Far back early in a field of 10, Bond Holder, winless in four previous starts, angled out entering the stretch and finished in a manner that belied his 10-1 odds, getting the 1 1/16 miles in 1:45.02.
“This race set up great for my horse because he likes to come from behind,” said Gutierrez. “He seemed to like the distance today and I think that played a major part in his win. I don’t think the dirt made much of a difference because he runs everywhere.”
Fractions on the race were 22.58, 46.62, 1:11.76 and 1:38.28.
A Virginia-bred by Mineshaft, Bond Holder paid $23.80, $8.60 and $3.80.
With the winner’s share of $150,000, Bond Holder nearly quintupled his earnings, which now total $186,000. He now has a win, a second and two thirds from five starts.
Second in the Grade I Del Mar Futurity Sept. 4, Dance With Fate, ridden by Rafael Bejarano, was the 2-1 favorite and finished two lengths clear of Futurity winner Tamarando and Julien Leparoux.
“I had a good trip,” said Bejarano. “There was no problem…He was in position. The winner came on in the end. He was the better horse today.”
Dance With Fate paid $3.80 and $2.80.
Last early due to a bad start, Tamarando, with Julien Leparoux up, finished three quarters of a length in front of Can the Man and paid $3.20 to show.
“He moved right before they opened the gate,” said Leparoux. “He put his head to the side, and we tried, but we missed the break. I tried to get closer to the pace on the first turn but I was behind two horses. If I tried to move too early, I was going to be wide, too, so after that, I had to be patient and see where I could move. He ran well today.”