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Kingpin Ryno Rules Santa Anita Turf

Under a well-timed ride by Victor Espinoza, solidly favored Kingpin Ryno came from off the pace Thursday to secure a 1 ¼-length victory over Valley Cat in Santa Anita’s featured $59,750 Maywood Purse for California-breds at one mile on turf.

 

After being overtaken by one-half length as the favorite under similar conditions in his previous start, Kingpin Ryno was settled into a stalking position on Thursday as Tricky Mandate sped to a 3 ½-length lead down the backstretch.

 

“I didn’t want to go to the lead today,” explained Espinoza. “I wanted to sit off the pace because I knew I had the best horse, and he is improving with every race.”

 

Kingpin Ryno ran down Tricky Mandate in midstretch before completing the mile in 1:34.02 as Valley Cat rallied for second, 1 ¼ lengths ahead of It’s Not Unusual in the field of 10.

 

A son of In Excess trained and co-bred by Joshua Litt, the victorious 4-year-old gelding paid $4.40, $2.80 and $2.80. Valley Cat, ridden by Rafael Bejarano, returned $3.40 and $2.80. The show price on It’s Not Unusual, with Alonso Quinonez aboard, was $4.60.

 

While bettering his record to 2-5-1 in 10 races for J B K Stables and co-breeder Jason L. Litt, Kingpin Ryno earned $34,800 to bring his career total to $143,608.

 

 

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