Affrettando, a 14-1 longshot despite the presence in the saddle of
leading rider Rafael Bejarano, was awarded victory Thursday in the
featured $77,000 Healthcare Purse when original winner and 3-1 favorite
Vibrato Jazz was disqualified for causing interference in the stretch.
Vibrato Jazz, ridden by Victor Espinoza, reached the wire at the end
of the mile and three-eighths grass marathon a neck in front of a
rallying Affretando, but was disqualified for bearing out in the final
yards, forcing Bejarano to take his mount up sharply.
After viewing videotape of the incident, the stewards placed
Affrettando first and Vibrato Jazz second. It was the second straight
afternoon that the original feature race winner was disqualified.
Wednesday, Distinctiv Passion was disqualified after getting home first
in the Green Flash Handicap, Sirocco Strike inheriting the triumph.
Affrettando, a four-year-old gelding trained by Mike Pender, returned
$30.20, $12.20 and $6.60 after his second win in 13 starts. Vibrato Jazz
paid $5 and $3.60, while Sumerian returned $5.20 to show. Time for the
distance was 2:13.28.
With no perfect tickets in Thursday’s Pick Six, Friday’s program will
feature a carryover of $110,122. Post time for the first of seven races
will be 4 p.m., with the Pick Six covering the second through seventh
Thursday’s attendance was 9,036.