COMEBACKING HIT THE ROAD TAKES $53,000 SANTA ANITA ALLOWANCE FEATURE BY THREE QUARTERS OF A LENGTH AS RISPOLI & BLACKER TEAM FOR MILE TURF WIN IN 1:34.19
ARCADIA, Calif. (May 22, 2020)–Idle since Dec. 1, trainer Dan Blacker’s comebacking 3-year-old colt Hit the Road moved into contention three furlongs from home and took command a sixteenth of a mile out to take Friday’s $53,000 allowance feature by three quarters of a length. Ridden by Umberto Rispoli, he got one mile on turf in 1:34.19.
With the temporary inner rail set at 30 feet, Hit the Road, a Kentucky-bred son of More Than Ready, was full of run while a joint fourth about three lengths off the lead heading into the far turn, but Rispoli bided his time, got shuffled back a bit while saving ground and was two from the fence at the top of the stretch.
“He was ready to go moving into the turn, but I wanted to save ground and wait a bit,” said Rispoli, who was aboard for the first time today. “This course is firm, so I didn’t want to be too far back, but we got lucky and had a perfect trip. The way he finished, I think he’s going to improve off of this race.”
A respectable fourth in the Grade III, one mile turf Cecil B. DeMille Stakes Dec. 1 at Del Mar, Hit the Road, who is out of the U S Ranger mare Highway Mary, was off at 6-1 in a field of eight 3-year-olds and up and paid $14.20, $8.00 and $4.20.
In his first start versus older competition, Hit the Road, an ungraded one mile turf stakes winner here three starts back on Oct. 6, notched his third win from six starts. Owned by D K Racing, LLC, Radley Equine, Inc., Taste of Victory Stables, Rick Gold and Dave Odmark, Hit the Road picked up $31,800 for the win, increasing his earnings to $134,751.
Ridden by Assael Espinoza, 6-year-old gelding Maestro Dearte rallied to be second by three quarters of a length over 7-5 favorite Odysseus. The longest shot in the field at 35-1, Maestro Dearte paid $28.20 and $8.40.
Odysseus, who broke sharply from the rail and showed the way to mid-stretch, held third by a head over King of Speed. Ridden by Jorge Velez, Odysseus paid $2.80 to show.
Fractions on the race were 23.49, 47.01, 1:10.58 and 1:22.67.
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