PROMISING NOLDE RALLIES TO TAKE $67,000 FRIDAY’S SANTA ANITA ALLOWANCE FEATURE BY THREE QUARTERS OF A LENGTH AS ESPINOZA AND SHIRREFFS TEAM FOR ONE MILE TURF WIN IN 1.38.10
ARCADIA, Calif. (June 21, 2019)–A different horse on grass, Jerry Moss’ promising homebred Nolde overcame a stumble at the break to take Friday’s $67,000 Santa Anita allowance feature by three quarters of a length under Victor Espinoza. A 3-year-old colt by Pioneerof the Nile, Nolde got one mile on turf in 1:38.10.
“He’s a very powerful horse,” said Espinoza, who would go on to bag his third win of the day two races later. “When he pushed off at the start, his hind end slipped a little, so I left him alone and let him get into his stride. He was able to recover and we were cruising behind those two horses (eventual runner-up Contagion and last place finisher Tikkun Olam). He finished really strong.”
An attentive third into the Club House turn and up the backstretch, Nolde tackled Contagion when they straightened up for home and won in game fashion.
A 3 ¼ length maiden special weight winner in his first try on turf May 3, Nolde was off as the 6-5 favorite in a field of seven sophomores and paid $4.60, $3.20 and $2.40.
“He’s good on the turf and he’s a 3-year-old,” said Shirreffs, who intimated the horse could be considered for the opening day Oceanside Stakes going one mile on turf at Del Mar July 17.
Out of the Dixie Union mare Sister Moon, Nolde is now 6-2-1-1 and with the winner’s share of $40,200, he has earnings of $97,490.
Ridden by Southern California newcomer Abel Cedillo, Contagion made all the early running and finished second by 1 ¼ lengths over French-bred Proud Pedro. Off at 13-1, Contagion paid $10.40 and $5.00.
The second choice at 8-5, Proud Pedro, ridden by Flavien Prat, was away slowly and rallied from mid-pack to be third while paying $2.20 to show.
Fractions on the race were 24.50, 49.40, 1:14.25 and 1:26.31.