Ticker
  • Exaggerator is going in the Haskell, according to Steve Edelson of the Asbury Park Press.Posted 2 hours ago
  • The Gurkha wins a Sussex thriller over Galileo Gold and Ribchester.Posted 5 hours ago
  • Amis Gizmo romps home in the Prince of Wales at Fort Erie.Posted 19 hours ago
  • Long On Value (7-2) cuts back and rolls in the Lucky Coin Stakes.Posted 1 day ago
  • Songbird repels the challenge of Carina Mia, and romps home in the CCA Oaks.Posted 2 days ago
  • Up With the Birds swings to victory in Woodbine's Nijinsky Stakes.Posted 2 days ago
  • Tin Type Gal rides the rail to victory in Monmouth's Boiling Springs.Posted 2 days ago
  • California Chrome edges Dortmund in a San Diego Handicap showdown.Posted 3 days ago
  • Mokat (7-1) turns the San Clemente into a one-filly show.Posted 3 days ago
  • Dacita just gets up in the Grade 1 Diana in a four-horse photo.Posted 3 days ago

Pathway to Yes Sneaks Away Down the Dip

Pathway to Yes wins at Santa Anita (3-28-14)
Favored Pathway to Yes rocketed from the gate and never looked back on Friday at Santa Anita’s taking the track’s $58,000 Cape Horn Purse allowance by a 1 ½  lengths, providing hot apprentice Drayden Van Dyke with his third win on the day while covering 6 ½ furlongs down the hillside turf course in 1:12.50.

The lone California-bred in a field of seven 3-year-olds, Pathway to Yes came off a gate to wire starter allowance score down the hill on Feb. 23 and was dispatched as the 8-5 favorite.

A 3-year-old gelding by Lucky J.H., Pathway to Yes is trained by Dan Blacker and is owned by his breeder, Harris Farms, Inc.  In collecting his third win from five starts, he paid $5.20, $3.00 and $2.60.

“I’m feelin’ great and I love goin’ down the hill, especially when the (temporary) rail’s out (30 feet),” said Van Dyke, age 19.  “I just let them break and like (trainer) Bruce Headley tells me ‘break and float,’ just let them get their feet underneath them and go.  I think I’m just getting lucky (down the hill), but I do think I have a knack for it.”

With the winner’s share of $45,240, Pathway to Yes increased his earnings to $88,690.

“He’s obviously great going down the hill and if he can learn to relax, he might be able to get a mile on the grass,” said Blacker. 

Breaking from the rail, Forever Juanito, who had been away since breaking his maiden on July 27 at Del Mar, sat a close second under Agapito Delgadillo down the hill, jostled repeatedly with Number Five and Victor Espinoza approaching the eighth pole and although a bit erratic, was second best, finishing a half length in front of Number Five.

Off at 6-1, Forever Juanito paid $6.00 and $3.60.

The third choice in the wagering at 7-2, Number Five stalked the pace down the hill and appeared to have dead aim on the winner in deep stretch but couldn’t out run Forever Juanito for the place and finished third, a length in front of Karma King and Joe Talamo.

Number Five paid $2.80 to show.

           

 

comments powered by Disqus

Related Pages

Related Stories

Top Stories