RISKY PROPOSITION RALLIES TO TAKE $59,000 DARREN CHAN, GIANTS BASEBALL PURSE BY A HALF LENGTH UNDER TALAMO; TRAINED BY SPAWR, BODEMEISTER GELDING GETS MILE ON ‘GOOD’ TURF IN 1:35.38
ARCADIA, Calif. (Feb. 17, 2019)–Idle since Dec. 1, trainer Bill Spawr’s Risky Proposition rallied late to take Sunday’s $59,000 Darren Chan Giants Baseball Purse at Santa Anita by a half length. Ridden by Joe Talamo, he got a mile over a turf course listed as “good” in 1:35.38.
Breaking from the rail in a field of 11 older horses, Risky Proposition saved ground while seventh, about five lengths off the lead heading into the far turn. Talamo continued to hug the fence to the quarter pole, swung four-wide straightening for home and gradually wore down 2-1 favorite Keep Quiet to win going away.
Idle since a respectable seventh in the Grade I Hollywood Derby at Del Mar Dec. 1, Risky Proposition was off at 12-1 and paid $26.00, $9.60 and $6.60.
“I knew they were cutting out a decent pace up front and my horse was travelling real well,” said Talamo, who’s ridden Risky Proposition in his last five starts, including a restricted stakes win two races back. “When we angled out, he pinned his ears and really got after it. Full credit to Bill and his team, he was ready.”
Claimed by Spawr for $50,000 five starts back on July 22, Risky Proposition, who is owned by Tom Acker, Barry Becker, Judith Becker, Michael Bloom, Jon Lindo and Thomas J. Wafer, Jr., picked up $35,400 for the win. Bred in Kentucky and out of the Wavering Monarch mare Risk, Risky Proposition now has earnings of $145,515 from an overall mark of 11-4-1-1.
“We were confident he’d run well, but the weather had us nervous,” said Lindo. “We were just hoping the rain wouldn’t pick up and we’d be able to stay on the turf. He ran great and hopefully we can get on a little roll with him now.”
French-bred Keep Quiet, who was ridden by Flavien Prat, sat a perfect stalking third in behind Dreams of Valor and Pincheck heading into the far turn and was second best on the day as he returned $4.20 and $3.00.
Fight On, who was also in close attendance throughout, finished third by 1 ½ lengths over Dreams of Valor. Off at 5-1, Fight On paid $4.40 to show.
Fractions on the race were 23.60, 47.38, 1:11.36 and 1:23.45.