Victorious in last year’s Santa Anita Derby,
Kentucky Derby and Preakness Stakes, the triumvirate of owner Paul
Reddam, jockey Mario Gutierrez and trainer Doug O’Neill tasted Grade I
victory again on Saturday as they combined to win Santa Anita’s Grade I
FrontRunner Stakes with Bond Holder by 2 ¼ lengths, thus stamping a
ticket to the $2 million Breeders’ Cup Juvenile at The Great Race Place
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early in a field of 10, Bond Holder, winless in four previous starts,
angled out entering the stretch and finished in a manner that belied his
10-1 odds, getting the 1 1/16 miles in 1:45.02.
“This race set up great for my horse because he likes to come from
behind,” said Gutierrez. “He seemed to like the distance today and I
think that played a major part in his win. I don’t think the dirt made
much of a difference because he runs everywhere.”
Fractions on the race were 22.58, 46.62, 1:11.76 and 1:38.28.
A Virginia-bred by Mineshaft, Bond Holder paid $23.80, $8.60 and $3.80.
With the winner’s share of $150,000, Bond Holder nearly quintupled his
earnings, which now total $186,000. He now has a win, a second and two
thirds from five starts.
Second in the Grade I Del Mar Futurity Sept. 4, Dance With Fate, ridden
by Rafael Bejarano, was the 2-1 favorite and finished two lengths clear
of Futurity winner Tamarando and Julien Leparoux.
"I had a good trip,” said Bejarano. “There was no problem…He was in
position. The winner came on in the end. He was the better horse
Dance With Fate paid $3.80 and $2.80.
Last early due to a bad start, Tamarando, with Julien Leparoux up,
finished three quarters of a length in front of Can the Man and paid
$3.20 to show.“He
moved right before they opened the gate,” said Leparoux. “He put his
head to the side, and we tried, but we missed the break. I tried to get
closer to the pace on the first turn but I was behind two horses. If I
tried to move too early, I was going to be wide, too, so after that, I
had to be patient and see where I could move. He ran well today.”