Longshot Bio Pro
, with Mario Gutierrez aboard, took
advantage of a fast pace set by favored El Commodore and Gary Stevens
to win Sunday’s $70,000 Lure Stakes at Santa Anita by 3 ¼ lengths, as
the Howard Zucker trainee motored a mile on the turf in 1:33.48.
With eventual second place finisher My Best Brother, ridden by Rafael
Bejarano, pressuring him throughout, El Commodore, off at 2-1 in the
10-horse Lure, rolled through splits of 22.42, 45.50 and 1:09.41.
“We knew Rafael’s horse was going to go, but this is the way my horse
has to run,” said Stevens, who had four winners earlier on the card.
“He’s the kinda horse, you just gotta let him rock and roll. He’s a
smart horse and you can’t take a hold of him.”
Off at 8-1, Bio Pro, who had been idle since Aug. 17 at Del Mar, broke
from the rail and sat a very comfortable third until the field turned
“It was a
hot pace,” said Gutierrez. “My horse was sitting comfortable, not
really pulling. It couldn’t have set up any better for us. He’s always
had a big kick near the end, so the quick pace up front left me with
plenty at the end. He was tough to pull up on the gallop
5-year-old Kentucky-bred gelding by War Front, Bio Pro was running in
claiming races this past winter at Santa Anita, but was an allowance
winner at Del Mar on July 27.
“This is a long way from a maiden twenty,” said Zucker, in reference to
Bio Pro’s maiden triumph at Santa Anita Jan. 13. “He has a tendency to
hang when he gets to the front, but he’s so fresh right now that that
didn’t happen today. He was just galloping the first part.
have always felt that this horse had the ability to be a really good
horse and I think he’s coming around…He ran a couple of races at Del Mar
with big numbers and now he really fired a big one on the right day.
This is a totally heart-wrenching win.”
Owned by William Marks, Bio Pro paid $19.60, $8.20 and $5.00. With the
winner’s share of $45,000, he hiked his earnings to $159,690. His
overall mark now stands at 15-4-4-2.
My Best Brother, the third choice in the wagering at 5-1, broke from
post nine and pressed El Commodore throughout, made the lead inside the
furlong but was no match for the winner late. My Best Brother finished
second, a half length in front of the favorite and paid $6.20 and $3.40.
El Commodore paid $3.20 to show.
There is a massive two-day carryover into Thursday at Santa Anita of
$439,664, and it is expected the total pool will exceed $2 million.
There is an eight-race card on Thursday and the Pick Six will cover
races three through eight. First post time is 1 p.m.