COLT FICTION LOOKS LIKE THE REAL DEAL AS RALLIES TO TAKE $70,000 SANTA ANITA ALLOWANCE FEATURE BY 2 ½ LENGTHS; SPAWR & PEREIRA TEAM FOR SIX FURLONG WIN IN 1:09.49
VETERAN CONDITIONER SPAWR NOTCHES 1,699TH CAREER VICTORY WITH VETERAN CAL-BRED
ARCADIA, Calif. (May 7, 2021)–With heavily favored Brickyard Ride commanding most of the pari-mutuel attention at 1-5, trainer Bill Spawr’s Colt Fiction went relatively unnoticed until the real running commenced in Friday’s $70,000 allowance feature at Santa Anita. Head and head on the lead with longshot Posterize to the top of the lane, Brickyard Ride drifted off the rail turning for home and all eyes were suddenly on Colt Fiction, as he burst through an opening inside and sped to an authoritative 2 ½ length win. Ridden by Tiago Pereira, Colt Fiction, a lightly raced 6-year-old gelding by Ministers Wild Cat, got six furlongs in 1:09.49.
Last in a field of four California-breds, about 4 ½ lengths off the dueling leaders a half mile out, Colt Fiction was crying out for room while about a length and a half off the lead a quarter mile from home and when Brickyard Ride tired, Pereira was able to seize upon his rail opening.
“I knew those two horses were going very fast up front,” said Pereira, who has ridden Colt fiction in his last nine races. “We had to wait and I knew Loud Mouth was really running, but my horse went right through there and he ran great.”
A first condition allowance winner versus open company going seven furlongs on April 10, Colt Fiction was off at 9-2 and paid $11.20 and $5.40, with no show wagering.
Spawr, who notched his fourth win of the meet from 29 starters, rang up his 1,699th career win. Bred in California by former trainer Robert Mitchell, who now operates a layup facility in Hemet, Colt Fiction is owned by Jay or Julie Manoogian and is out of Mitchell’s Eddington mare Devilish Pro.
In his ninth start for Spawr, Colt Fiction is now 10-5-1-3. With the winner’s share of $42,000, he increased his earnings to $193,268.
Ridden by Abel Cedillo and trained by Steve Knapp, Loud Mouth raced as a team with the winner to the quarter pole, whereupon he swung four-deep at the top of the stretch and was clearly second best on the day, finishing seven lengths in front of Posterize. Off at 6-1, Loud Mouth paid $5.60 to place.
Ridden by Geovanni Franco, Posterize, off at 16-1, wrested a brief lead from Brickyard Ride leaving the quarter pole, but tired to finish third, 5 ½ lengths clear of the favorite.
Fractions on the race were 21.51, 44.34 and 56.70.
Racing resumes with a nine-race card on Saturday.