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LONGSHOT GOLDEN PRODUCTION TAKES $75,000 PASEANA STAKES UNDER PEDROZA, MILLER TRAINEE BATTLES BACK IN DEEP STRETCH TO WIN BY HEAD
ARCADIA, Calif. (Jan. 12, 2014)—Claimed three starts back for $40,000, Golden Production stretched out to take Sunday’s $75,000, 1 1/16 miles Paseana Stakes at Santa Anita by a head under Martin Pedroza in 1:44.34—her fourth win in-a-row.
Off as the second-longest price in a field of six older fillies and mares at 9-1, 5-year-old Golden Production was attentive to the pace and overtook pacesetter Rock and Glory leaving the quarter pole, and then fought off a stretch-long challenge to her outside from 2-1 second choice Stanwyk, with Victor Espinoza up.
“We planned to play the break,” said Pedroza, who also won Saturday’s Grade II San Pasqual Stakes aboard Blueskiesnrainbows. “We wanted to see if the mare drawn to our outside (Rock and Glory, with Martin Garcia) wanted the lead. We thought she was the speed horse, but since my mare was coming from sprints she might show more speed.
“When I saw Gary (Stevens, aboard 2-1 favorite, Argentine-bred Miss Serendipity) go to the lead I wasn’t concerned since it was her first time in this country…When my mare took the lead she was kind of waiting on horses. When she felt the horse Victor was on (Stanwyk) on her outside, she got a little more game.”
Trained by Peter Miller and owned by Myron Miller, Golden Production paid $20.80, $7.60 and $4.00. A Pennsylvania-bred by Exchange Rate, Golden Production picked up $46,800 for the win, boosting her earnings to $208,140. The Paseana was her fifth win overall from 11 starts.
“I claimed her (Oct. 17, at Santa Anita) and I was hoping I made a solid claim,” said Miller. “It’s turned out really well so far. I told Martin to play the break. I was kind of surprised to see Stevens on the lead, but then Rock and Glory came up and gained the lead. I didn’t know what to expect, but my mare is really game and she tries hard.
“Martin gave her a great ride and when he switched to the left hand inside the sixteenth pole it really brought her back. I think she was passed and she came back. I think for now we’ll keep her around two turns and see if she belongs in these kinds of races.”
A half sister to 2005 Kentucky Derby winner Giacomo, Stanwyk came off a Grade III stakes win at Belmont Park Oct. 26 and loomed a bold threat turning for home.
“She ran great,” said Espinoza. “We got even with the winner, but Pedroza switched to his left handed stick and it seemed like his horse switched leads and dug in. We just couldn’t get by her.
Named by owner/breeders Jerry and Ann Moss for the late Academy Award winning actress Barbara Stanwyk, she paid $3.80 and $2.40.
Hard knocking Halo Dolly, who was in search of her 18th career win for trainer Jerry Hollendorfer, kept to her task at 7-2 with Rafael Bejarano, finishing third, 1 ¾ lengths behind Stanwyk and paid $2.60 to show.
“She had a good trip,” said Hollendorfer assistant Dan Ward. “Rafael wanted to get out around the far turn, but she couldn’t. It looked like she was a little intimidated down there.”
It was another half length back to favored Miss Serendipity, who was making her U.S. debut. Trained by Ron McAnally, she made the lead at the five furlong pole and relinquished it readily leaving the quarter.
Racing resumes on Thursday at Santa Anita, with first post time at 1 p.m.