Lighthouse Prevails By A Half Length In $51,000 Santa Anita Allowance Feature

LIGHTHOUSE PREVAILS BY A HALF LENGTH IN $51,000 SANTA ANITA ALLOWANCE FEATURE AS VAN DYKE & CALLAGHAN TEAM FOR 5 ½ FURLONG TURF WIN IN 1:02.50

     ARCADIA, Calif. (May 29, 2020)–Head and head with odds-on favorite Lofty from the opening bell, trainer Simon Callaghan’s Lighthouse edged clear late to take Friday’s $51,000 allowance feature.  Ridden by Drayden Van Dyke, the 3-year-old Mizzen Mast filly got 5 ½ furlongs on turf in 1:02.50.

“She ran big to a really nice filly last time and Simon said she was on her toes today, ‘don’t take anything away from her,'” said Van Dyke, who rode Lighthouse to a second place finish behind classy Laura’s Light in the Grade III Sweet Life Stakes over the course on Feb. 16.  “She actually likes being inside, so I let her bounce out of there and I knew that other filly would be right with us on the outside.  She was very comfortable the whole way and she won pretty impressively.”

Off as the third choice at 5-2 in a field of four sophomore fillies, Lighthouse paid $7.80 and $2.80, with no show wagering.

Owned by LNJ Foxwoods, Lighthouse, who is out of the North Light mare More Hoping, now has two wins from five starts, all of them on turf.  With the winner’s share of $30,600, she increased her earnings to $88,151.

The lone California-bred in the field, Lofty finished 4 ¼ lengths clear of Mean Sophia.  Ridden by Geovanni Franco, Lofty was off at 4-5 and paid $2.20 to show.

Fractions on the race were 21.73, 44.23 and 56.18.

Racing resumes with first post time for a nine-race card on Saturday at 12:30 p.m.  Fans are encouraged to wager via 1stBet.com or through Xpressbet.com.  For additional information, please visit santaanita.com or call (626) 574-RACE.