Photo: Benoit Photo
Fury Kapcori pounced on pacesetter Appealing Tale going to the far turn
and gutted out a game three quarters of a length win under Rafael
Bejarano in Sunday’s $75,000 Santana Mile Stakes for older horses at
Santa Anita, getting the distance in 1:34.50.
With Appealing Tale and Victor Espinoza showing the way into the Club
House turn, Fury Kapcori, conditioned by Jerry Hollendorfer, was hard
into the bit with Bejarano and layed a close second past the half mile
“He broke very good, but I didn’t want to send him this time because I
knew Victor would be trying for the lead,” said Bejarano. “I was hoping
to get him relaxed and he did on the first turn but after that he tried
to run up on them a little and got into the bit...He just came running
for me at the end.”
A winner of his two previous starts at Santa Anita, Fury Kapcori was
the 4-5 favorite in a field of six and paid $3.80, $2.40 and $2.10.
A 4-year-old Kentucky-bred colt by Tiznow, Fury Kapcori is owned by
Awtrey, Hollendorfer and Todaro, and he picked up his fifth win from 13
starts. The winner’s share of $46,800 boosted his earnings $419,880.
“This race is part of a series here and they’re all a month apart, so
that’s why we went in here,” said Hollendorfer. “Rafael wins a lot of
races for us and he usually knows the right moves to make so that’s why
we keep using him.”
Although he set solid fractions of 23.03, 45.97, 1:09.47 and 1:21.84,
Appealing Tale battled back gamely when challenged by the winner going
to the far turn and relinquished the lead reluctantly 50 yards from
home, finishing second, 2 ¾ lengths in front of Clubhouse Ride.
The second choice at 2-1, Appealing Tale paid $3.00 and $2.10.
Next to last early, Clubhouse Ride and Tyler Baze moved into third, two
lengths off Appealing Tale going to the three furlong pole, but did not
threaten the top two late, finishing third, 3 ¼ lengths in front of Get
Happy Mister and Joe Talamo.
Clubhouse Ride, whose trainer Craig Lewis is considering the Grade II,
$1.5 million Charles Town Classic for him on April 19, was off at 5-2
and paid $2.10 to show.