Uzziel took full advantage of her early speed and coasted to a stunning
42-1 front-end upset in Friday’s $75,000 Santa Paula Stakes for
3-year-old fillies, getting 6 ½ furlongs in 1:17.19 while providing
Tyler Baze with his third win on the afternoon.
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Trained by Mike Puype and owned by her breeders, James and Tammy
McKenney, Uzziel, a California-bred daughter of Harlington, won by a
comfortable 2 ¼ lengths while besting eight rivals and providing the
McKenney’s with their first-ever stakes victory.
“This is our first-ever stakes win,” said James McKenney. “We’ve been
breeding horses for 10 years now and we’ve never really had much luck at
Santa Anita. You couldn’t believe how excited we are. We’ve got a
full sister to this filly who’s a yearling and we’ve got the mare
(Pretti Woman, by Lord At War) in Florida to be bred back to
The second-longest shot in the field, Uzziel set fractions of 21.78,
44.48 and 1:10.14. She paid $86.20, $29.40 and $15.60.
“I wanted her to break strong and show everyone I meant business and
then see what they were going to do,” said Baze. “When I didn’t get
pressure from the outside, I just let her run. I wasn’t taking hold
from then on. I let her do her thing today.”
D’ya Knowwhatimean, with Victor Espinoza up, broke from post two and
was hustled down the backside, was third turning for home and overhauled
Midnight Dream and Martin Garcia late to finish second by a head.
Off at 12-1, D’ya Knowwhatimean paid $12.20 and $8.20.
Midnight Dream show good early speed, was a close third, 1 ½ lengths
off the winner leaving the three furlong pole and was a menacing second
three sixteenths out but could never get on terms and finished third, 1 ½
lengths in front of Satirical and Mike Smith.
Midnight Dream paid $8.80 to show.
Off at 6-5, heavily favored Taste Like Candy, with Rafael Bejarano up,
was mid-pack early and never a factor while wide-out around the turn and
through the lane.
No one correctly tabbed all six winners in the Pick Six, resulting in a
carryover into Saturday of $54,472. Saturday’s total Pick Six pool is
expected to approach $400,000. First post for a nine-race card Saturday
is 12:30 p.m. Admission gates open at 10:30 a.m.