CUPID’S CLAWS STEPS UP TO WIN MARATHON GRADE III, $100,000 TOKYO CITY CUP BY 7 ¼ LENGTHS AS DOLLASE & PRAT TEAM FOR 1 ½ MILE SCORE 2:30.12
ARCADIA, Calif. (Sept. 27, 2020)–Claimed out of his last three starts on turf, 5-year-old gelding Cupid’s Claws tried dirt for the first time today, as he waltzed to a 7 ¼ length win in the marathon Grade III, $100,000 Tokyo City Cup at Santa Anita. Ridden by Flavien Prat, who collected his second stakes win on the day, he got a mile and one half in 2:30.12.
With the starting gate set at about the half mile pole, Cupid’s Claws was unhurried in the initial run to the far turn and was fourth, about two lengths off of favored pacesetter Tizamagician as the field crossed under the wire for the first time. From there, Prat was able to save ground while in close attendance to the pace and shifted three-wide outside of Tizamagician and Combatant with a quarter mile to run.
Full of run at the top of the lane, Cupid’s Claws gained the advantage a furlong out and darted clear late as much the best.
Claimed out of a third place finish for $50,000 going a mile and one eighth on turf Sept. 5, Cupid’s Claws was trying stakes company for the first time and paid $17.00, $6.20 and $3.00.
Owned by Flawless Racing, Masino Racing Stable, Brian Flanagan and Michael Jarvis, Cupid’s Claws, a 5-year-old Kitten’s Joy gelding, picked up $60,000 for the win, boosting his earnings to $172,296. A winner of two turf starts and one race on synthetic Tapeta, Cupid’s Claws is now 18-4-2-3 overall.
Tizamagician, who was ridden by Drayden Van Dyke, was the narrow second choice at 2-1 and outfinished Combatant by 1 ¼ lengths and returned $3.40 and $2.60.
With $39,101 bet to win on Combatant, he was the actual favorite by just five dollars at 2-1 and paid $2.40 to show with Umberto Rispoli up.
Fractions on the race were 25.22, 49.72, 1:14.82, 1:39.75 and 2:04.52.