Lightly-raced but talented Holy Lute gamely held off the stubborn
challenge of 6-5 favored Fury Kapcori to win Friday’s featured $100,500
El Cajon Stakes for three-year-olds.
Holy Lute, responding generously to the urging of jockey David
Flores, prevailed by a diminishing head in an exciting finish to the
one-mile event. Tiz a Minister was third, almost three lengths behind
Fury Kapcori, with Tree of Life fourth another half-length back.
Holy Lute, a son of Midnight Lute owned by Class Racing Stable and
trained by Jim Cassidy, accomplished the distance in 1:35.38 to earn a
purse of $60,000 with his second success in three starts. Sent postward
at 6-1, Holy Lute paid $15, $6 and $4.
Fury Kapcori, who was piloted by leading rider Rafael Bejarano,
returned $3.60 and $2.60, while Tiz a Minister paid $2.60 to show.
There was a single perfect ticket in the Pick Six and it returned
$376,822. With a carryover from Thursday of $81,441 and $552,913 in
“new” money Friday, the Pick Six pool totaled $634,354. Reportedly, the
winning ticket was purchased on track.