Long Fused Missed The Cut Rallies To Take Grade III, $100,000 Tokyo City Cup
LONG FUSED MISSED THE CUT RALLIES TO TAKE GRADE III, $100,000 TOKYO CITY CUP BY 5 ½ LENGTHS AS RISPOLI & SADLER TEAM FOR 1 ½ MILE WIN IN 2:32.78
ARCADIA, CA (Oct. 1, 2023)—Originally based in England, John Sadler’s long fused Missed the Cut went from turf to dirt on Sunday at Santa Anita and responded with his first stateside victory, winning by 5 ½ lengths at a marathon mile and one half in the Grade III, $100,000 Tokyo City Cup. Confidently ridden by Umberto Rispoli, he got the trip in 2:32.78.
With a field of three year olds and up reduced to four runners by the late scratch of Donner Lake, Rispoli was intent on attending the pace set by Bob Baffert’s Azul Coast, who showed the way to the quarter pole, as Missed the Cut saved ground at the rail and then swung three-wide outside of both Azul Coast and Kiss Today Goodbye, who wrested control from the pacesetter turning for home.
At that point, Missed the Cut was ready for his best as he sailed by Kiss Today Goodbye under mild hand urging and appeared to find his best stride late in a dominant effort.
Most recently a close fourth going a mile and three eighths on grass in the Grade II Del Mar Handicap Sept. 2, Missed the Cut was off at 3-5 and paid $3.20 and $2.20 with no show wagering.
Owned by Bee Zee, LLC, Lanes End Racing, St. Elias Stables, LLC, Edward Babington, Edward Hudson and Lynne Hudson, Missed the Cut, a 4-year-old colt bred in Kentucky by Quality Road out of the Elusive Quality mare Beauly, had three minor stakes wins on grass in England at age three and is now 11-5-1-0 overall. With the winner’s share of $60,000, he increased his earnings to $285,777.
Ridden by Hector Berrios, Kiss Today Goodbye bested Azul Coast by 4 ¼ lengths. Off at 6-1, he paid $4.60 to show.
Fractions on the race were 24.65, 49.79, 1:15.23, 1:41.67 and 2:07.39.