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Paseana: Snow Fall Powerful On Stretch Out

In her second start for trainer Jerry Hollendorfer, 5-year-old Snow Fall showed significant improvement stretching out to a mile and a sixteenth, as she demolished six rivals in taking the $75,000 Paseana Handicap under Tyler Baze, winning by 3 ¼ lengths and getting the distance in 1:42.66.

In her Southern California debut, Snow Fall finished second, beaten 5 ¼ lengths, by Grade I winner Teddy’s Promise in the 6 ½ furlong Kalookan Queen Stakes on Dec. 29.

“We were a little concerned about running her back quickly, but she responded very well out of her race, so we decided to try her going long and I’m glad we did,” said Hollendorfer.

Snow Fall was all business in the Paseana, as she prompted the pace from post position four to the Club House turn and kept the pressure on 8-5 favorite Distracting and Rafael Bejarano through fractions of 23.80, 47.61 and 1:11.76. Snow Fall got the mile in 1:36.26 and was powerful the final sixteenth.

“I haven’t had that feeling from a horse in a long time,” said Baze. “I had so much horse under me, it’s just a great feeling to have from such a good horse like that. Jerry gave me the opportunity, so I was going to take advantage of it.”

A minor stakes winner in New York at age three, Snow Fall was well beaten two starts back in the Grade I, one-mile turf Fast Lady at Keeneland on Oct. 6.

Snow Fall, a Kentucky-bred mare by War Front, was off at 5-1 and paid $13.00, $5.40 and $3.80. With the winner’s share of $47,100, she increased her bankroll to $185,193 from a record of 13-4-2-1. She is owned by Peter Abruzzo, Edward Taylor and George Saufley.

Distracting, one two Bob Baffert entrants, finished 3 ¾ lengths in front of 20-1 shot Curvy Cat and Corey Nakatani and had a clean trip as the favorite.

“No excuse,” said Bejarano. “It was a good second. He (Baze) just had more horse than I did.”

Distracting paid $3.60 and $2.60. Curvy Cat returned $3.60 to show.

Charm the Maker, trained by Ron McAnally and ridden by Garrett Gomez, broke poorly and never threatened as the 5-2 second choice.

“Dan (assistant trainer, Landers) and Ron have been working with her at the gate and she walked in there and was good for a second,” said Gomez. “Then she got a little silly, and then I reached up to grab her ear and it (blanked) her off. As soon as she left there, she hopped and she was never happy.”

With a two-day carryover of $231,345 fueling the Pick Six fires, Sunday’s total pool exceeded $1.2 million, producing 12 winning tickets that each paid $73,220.60.

There was one winning ticket on-track, purchased in the Infield for just $64.00.

 

 

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