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Causeithertz Cruises for Bejarano & Baffert

One succinct admonition from winning jockey Rafael Bejarano summed up the winning strategy in Thursday’s $60,000 Truckee River Purse at Santa Anita: “When you are on the best horse in the race, come around, don’t get stopped.”

And so it was as Bejarano guided 9-5 favorite Causeithertz, a 6-year-old gelded son of the diminutive, multiple graded stakes winning mare, Megahertz, to an easy 2 ½ length victory, wheeling three-deep off the turn for home en route to covering one mile on turf in 1:34.85.

Bejarano, who picked up his third win on the card, sized up the Truckee pace scenario shortly after the field of six broke from the gate and began their run into the Club House turn.

“My horse has speed, but I could see the number one (Innocent Man, with Julien Leparoux) and the number three (Royal F J, with Martin Pedroza) were showing a lot of speed, so I took a little hold into the first turn and put him in a comfortable position at the rail. At the half mile pole, I moved him out and he was just running comfortably.”

Innocent Man set fractions of 22.76, 46.76 and Causeithertz set the remaining interior splits of 1:10.74 and 1:22.62.

Causeithertz provided Bob Baffert with his second win on the day and paid $5.80, $3.40 and $2.20. With the winner’s share of $36,000, he increased his earnings to $189,150. Owned by his breeder, Michael Bello, Causeithertz is a Kentucky-bred son of Giant’s Causeway. His record now stands at 16-3-5-4.

“He’s finally showing the spark of his mother,” said Baffert. “He has to be up near the lead, but Rafael knows him well so he had him where he was comfortable. I try not to give too many instructions. The top riders know what to do.”

Gab Power, off at 5-1 with Joe Talamo, finished second, a neck in front of Innocent Man. He paid $4.40 and $3.00.

Innocent Man was dispatched at 7-2 and finished a nose in front of Royal F J. Innocent Man paid $3.80 to show.

There were three winning tickets in Thursday’s Pick Six, with each paying $15,283.60. With Santa Anita’s 20 percent on-track bonus of $3,056.72, the lucky singleton winner will collect a total of $18,340.32.

In order to be eligible for Santa Anita’s on-track Pick Six bonus, fans must swipe their Thoroughbreds Club card prior to making Pick Six wagers on non-carryover days.

 

 

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