Lightly raced Artic North
, with Joe Talamo aboard, overcame a slow pace to win Thursday’s $51,000 Lassen Allowance Purse at Santa Anita, winning from behind by a half length while getting a mile and one eighth on turf in 1:48.52.
Trained by Peter Miller and dispatched at 5-1 in a field of seven three year olds and up, Artic North sat a restrained fourth, two lengths off pacesetting Lumberyard Jack under the wire the first time through early splits of 25.03, 49.72, 1:13.30 and 1:36.97, and was roused three-wide at the top of the stretch by Talamo.
“Joe lost a lot of ground today, but he had no choice,” said Miller, who bagged his second win of the afternoon. “He was drawn outside (post six) and that’s just the way it happened, but he rode the horse well.”
The fifth choice in the field of seven, Artic North paid $13.20, $6.40 and $4.60.
A 4-year-old Kentucky-bred gelding by North Light, he was purchased privately by Wachtel Stable and Leonard Friedman prior to breaking his maiden going the same distance for Miller on the Del Mar turf Sept. 2.
“He’s a nice horse that wants to run all day, so we have high hopes for him,” said Miller. “I like this distance or even further, up to a mile and a quarter, or even a mile and a half.”
With the winner’s share of $30,600, Artic North increased his earnings to $80,220. He now has two wins from four starts.
Garrett Gomez, who was originally named to ride Artic North, was off all of his mounts for the second day in a row at Santa Anita and will not ride “for a while,” according to agent Tony Matos.
Holladay Road, the narrow second choice with Julien Leparoux at 5-2, had a tall order from well off the pace and was flying late, finishing second, a neck in front of Vibrato Jazz and Victor Espinoza.
Holladay Road paid $3.60 and $2.80.
Vibrato Jazz, off at 7-1, was attentive to the pace throughout, made the lead turning for home and nearly held sway, finishing third, a neck in front of 5-2 favorite Segway and Corey Nakatani.
Vibrato Jazz paid $3.80 to show.
A whopping Pick Six carryover of $575,466 from Sunday helped fuel a total pool on Thursday of $2,854,407. Although the Lassen Purse, run as the seventh on an eight-race card, produced an upset winner, even money favorites took the first and final legs of the Pick Six, resulting in 124 winning tickets, which each paid $14,467.60.