COMEBACKING TAPITHA BONITA RALLIES FROM OFF THE PACE TO WIN $57,000 SANTA ANITA ALLOWANCE FEATURE BY 2 ¼ LENGTHS; PEREIRA & SPAWR TEAM FOR 6 ½ FURLONG WIN IN 1:18.57
ARCADIA, Calif. (April 12, 2019)–Although her connections would have preferred a route of ground, California-bred Tapitha Bonita, idle since Dec. 1, settled nicely early and rallied powerfully through the lane to take Friday’s $57,000 Santa Anita allowance feature by 2 ¼ lengths. Ridden by Tiago Pereira and trained by Bill Spawr, the 4-year-old daughter of Street Hero got 6 ½ furlongs in 1:18.57.
“We’ve been trying to get her in route races, but they don’t seem to fill,” said Spawr. “This race was a last minute decision, because we’d still like to run her long, but it worked out fine.”
Most recently a close third in a seven furlong starter allowance at Del Mar, Tapitha Bonita, who was bred in California by the late owner/trainer Myung Kwon Cho and is out of the Tapit mare Tapitha, was the second choice in a field of seven California-bred or sired fillies and mares and paid $6.00, $3.40 and $2.40.
Third and on the move about a length and a half off the lead three furlongs from home, Tapitha Bonita wheeled three-wide at the top of the stretch and collared runner-up Chasin Lucas approaching the sixteenth pole in a powerful effort.
Claimed for $25,000 four starts back on Aug. 23 by owners Tom Acker, Andy Miller, James Sommers and Glenn Yee, Tapitha Bonita picked up $34,200 for the win, increasing her earnings to $105,795. Her overall mark now stands at 19-3-1-4.
Ridden by Assael Espinoza, Chasin Lucas stalked early leader Wandering Patrol into and around the far turn and was clearly second best on the day. Off at 6-1, Chasin Lucas paid $5.80 and $3.20.
Off as the 7-5 favorite with Mario Gutierrez, Wandering Patrol relinquished the lead approaching the quarter pole and had to settle for third, 1 ¾ lengths in front of Empress of Lov while paying $2.40 to show.
Fractions on the race were 22.28, 46.11 and 1:11.82.
Racing resumes on Saturday with first post time for a nine-race card at 1 p.m. For additional information, please visit santaanita.com or call (626) 574-RACE.