PRAT COLLECTS HIS THIRD WIN IN A ROW AS DONUT GIRL RALLIES UP THE RAIL TO TAKE $57,000 SANTA ANITA ALLOWANCE FEATURE BY A HALF LENGTH; TRAINED BY PALMA, SMILING TIGER FILLY GETS 6 ½ FURLONGS IN 1:16.60
FIRST CONDITION ALLOWANCE FOR CAL-BRED OR SIRED FILLIES & MARES IS MOVED TO MAIN TRACK
ARCADIA, Calif. (Feb. 15, 2019)–Idle six months, the Hector Palma-trained Donut Girl came back running on Friday at Santa Anita, as she rallied late at the rail to take the day’s $57,000 allowance feature by a half length, providing Flavien Prat with his third win in a row on the card. Claimed by Palma and Granja Mexico out of a first-out maiden $50,000 claiming win six starts back on March 18, she got 6 ½ furlongs on a muddy main track in 1:16.60.
“She’s good right now,” said Palma. “She needed some time off, but she’s good now. We’ll see how she is in the morning, but I want to keep her with Cal-breds.”
Originally scheduled for 6 ½ furlongs down the hillside turf course, Friday’s seventh race was switched to dirt this morning, as were two other races that had been carded for turf.
A close third as the 7-5 favorite in a similar first condition allowance for California-bred fillies and mares Aug. 9 at Del Mar, Donut Girl a 4-year-old filly by Smiling Tiger who is out of the Any Given Saturday mare Saturday’s Girl, was off at 2-1 in a field of six and paid $6.80, $4.40 and $3.20.
With the winner’s share of $34,200, Donut Girl now has earnings of $93,225 and an overall race record of 7-3-0-2.
In a solid performance, Washington-bred Judicial, who took serious pressure from her well-backed stablemate Chasin Lucas to the three sixteenths pole, kept to her task gamely while finishing second, 1 ¾ lengths in front of Shylock Eddie.
Off at 3-1 under Rafael Bejarano, Judicial paid $4.00 and $3.00.
Ridden by Aaron Gryder, Shylock Eddie finished a half length clear of An Eddie Surprise and paid $3.20 to show.
Fractions on the race were 21.93, 44.81 and 1:10.10.
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