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TAYRONA RALLIES WIDE UNDER COUTON TO TAKE FEATURED SUTTER’S MILL PURSE, CHEW TRAINEE WINS BY 2 ½ LENGTHS, GETS MILE ON TURF IN 1:34.81
PICK SIX CARRYOVER OF $230,200 INTO SATURDAY, TOTAL POOL COULD EXCEED $1 MILLION
ARCADIA, Calif. (Oct. 18, 2013)—In her first attempt at two turns, lightly raced Tayrona rallied five-wide at the top of the stretch to win Santa Anita’s featured Sutter’s Mill Purse Friday by 2 ½ lengths under Julien Couton, getting one mile on turf in 1:34.81.
Trained by Matt Chew, Tayrona was well in-hand early, as she sat a comfortable sixth into the Club House turn and tracked fractions of 22.91, 46.45, 1:10.26 and 1:22.47.
A $40,000 claiming race for 3-year-old fillies, the Sutter’s Mill attracted a field of eight. Off at odds of 11-1, Tayrona paid $25.00, $9.40 and $7.80.
“She’s bred to run the two turns so we were hoping with a slower pace she would keep running,” said Chew. “The main problem we’ve had is getting her to settle. I was very apprehensive about sending her two turns and trying to get her to settle. I thought we would be asking too much.
“Julien did an amazing job. He said that she’s just like a motorcycle, you don’t push and you don’t pull, you just ride…I am pleasantly surprised. I thought we could win it, or we could be a miserable last.”
A maiden special weight winner going 6 ½ furlongs two starts back at Del Mar on Aug. 11, Tayrona, a 3-year-old Kentucky-bred filly by A.P. Warrrior, picked up $21,600 for the win, boosting her earnings to $77,750. Owned by Michael Renshaw or Debbie Sibilio or Nicholas Sibilio, she was bred in Kentucky by the Sibilios and now has two wins and a second from six starts.
Pacesetting Awe’ Some Kitten, with Edwin Maldonado up, held the place, finishing one length in front of a late closing Hard Buns and Irving Orozco.
Awe’ Some Kitten, off at 5-1, paid $6.80 and $5.20.
Hard Buns, dispatched as the second choice in the wagering at 4-1, finished a half length in front of longshot Pebble Beach Baby and Mario Gutierrez and paid $3.80 to show.
There is a hefty two-day Pick Six carryover of $230,200 into Saturday and it is expected the total pool will exceed $1 million. The Pick Six will cover races four through nine.
Saturday’s main event is the inaugural running of the $100,000 California Flag Handicap for California-breds at about 6 ½ furlongs down Santa Anita’s hillside turf course.
First post time for a nine-race program is 1 p.m.