MO SEE CAL SPRINGS UPSET IN $53,000 SANTA ANITA ALLOWANCE FEATURE AS CEDILLO & MILLER TEAM FOR 5 ¼ LENGTH WIN WHILE GETTING MILE IN 1:38.78
ARCADIA, Calif. (Oct. 10, 2019)–Fitted with blinkers in her last eight starts, the Peter Miller-trained Mo See Cal had them removed today and she responded with an emphatic gate to wire performance that resulted in a 5 ¼ length win in Santa Anita’s $53,000 allowance feature. Ridden by Abel Cedillo, the California-bred daughter of Uncle Mo got a flat mile in 1:38.78.
Breaking from the outside in a field of five fillies and mares three and up, Mo See Cal was quickly in-hand and easily dispatched 6-5 favorite Flor de La Mar around the far turn while opening up by about three lengths a quarter mile from home.
Most recently second at the level going seven furlongs at Del Mar Aug. 22, Mo See Cal, who is out of the Lydgate mare Do Dat Blues, was off as the second choice 8-5 and paid $5.20, $2.80 and $2.20.
“We took the blinkers off, but she’s just fast,” said Miller. “On paper, it didn’t look like there was much speed in here, so we just thought we’d do the opposite of what everybody else was doing and it worked out.”
Owned by Gary Hartunian’s Rockingham Ranch and David Bersen LLC, Mo See Cal notched her first win from five starts this year and improved her overall mark to 16-5-4-1. With the winner’s share of $41,340 (which includes a Cal-bred premium of $9,540), Mo See Cal now has earnings of $253,664.
Ridden by Drayden Van Dyke, Zusha was last after the first half mile and rallied for the place, finishing one length in front Starr of Quality. Off at 7-1, Zusha paid $5.20 and $2.80.
Starr of Quality finished a length in front of Flor de La Mar and paid $2.40 to show with Tiago Pereira up.
Fractions on the race were 24.12, 47.87, 1:12.40 and 1:25.24.
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