BACK IN THE SADDLE! SANTA ANITA RETURNS TO ACTION AS SHE’S SO SPECIAL BEATS THE BOYS AND WINS FRIDAY’S FIRST RACE UNDER FLAVIEN PRAT
WITH NO PUBLIC OR OWNERS IN ATTENDANCE, LIVE RACING RESUMES FOLLOWING 50-DAY HIATUS
ARCADIA, Calif. (May 15, 2020)–Idled since March 27 due to concerns relating to the Covid-19 virus, Santa Anita Park returned to action on a spectacular sunny afternoon today, and the lone filly in the race, She’s So Special, marched to a 1 ½ length victory in the day’s first race, a 5 ½ furlong turf allowance. Ridden by Flavien Prat and trained by Peter Miller, the 3-year-old daughter of Hard Spun got five furlongs on turf in 1:02.82.
“It’s great to finally be back,” said Prat, a winner of last year’s Kentucky Derby, via disqualification aboard Country House. “It’s been a rough time, but I’m glad we are back in business.”
His filly was obviously fit to meet the challenge, but with many days of spare time and social distancing, did Prat feel he was fit enough?
“There’s nothing like riding races, but I’ve been working out a lot, so I should be okay.”
The 3-1 post time favorite versus nine sophomore males, She’s So Special, who is owned by Eclipse Thoroughbred Partners, paid $8.40, $5.00 and $3.40.
All jockeys and employees are currently fitted with masks and color-coded bracelets, parts of a myriad of health and safety protocols that are being observed in accordance with the Los Angeles County Health Department.
Santa Anita will conduct a nine-race card today and 10-race programs on both Saturday and Sunday. First post time over the weekend is at 12:30 p.m., with no public admittance.
With the exception of Memorial Day, Monday, May 25, Santa Anita will run on a Friday through Sunday schedule through closing day, June 21.
Wagering is available through 1stBet.com and fans are also encouraged to wager via Xpressbet.com as well. For additional information, please visit santaanita.com or call (626) 574-RACE.