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Texas Ryano beats Quotient at Santa Anita (6-13-14).
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Lightly raced Texas Ryano unleashed a furious late kick to overhaul heavily favored Quotient and win Friday’s $58,000 allowance feature at Santa Anita by three quarters of a length, covering 1 1/8 miles on turf in 1:46.53.

Trained by Carla Gaines and ridden for the first time by Joe Talamo, Texas Ryano was making only his third career start and served notice that he could be a top tier stakes competitor on grass in the near future.  Last in a field of six, eight lengths off the lead passing the half mile pole, the chestnut son of Curlin saved ground at the rail and split horses four-wide turning for home.

“He’s a really nice horse,” said Talamo.  “He broke a little slow and he settled real nice.  I’m surprised he was able to win the way he did, because when the (temporary) rail’s at 30 feet, it’s usually impossible to win from off the pace like that.

“When I found a seam there at the quarter pole, he showed me a tremendous turn of foot.  He’s all class.”

The second choice at 5-1, 3-year-old Texas Ryano paid $12.60, $3.80 and $3.00.  Bred in Kentucky by his owner, Warren B. Williamson, Texas Ryano picked up $34,800 for the win, which increased his bankroll to $71,880.  A first-out maiden special weight winner going a mile on grass Jan. 20, he was most recently fourth, beaten 1 ¾ lengths in a one mile turf allowance Feb. 21.

“I wanted the extra distance and it suited him,” said Gaines.  “Hopefully, the Oceanside Stakes on opening day at Del Mar (July 17, at one mile on turf) will be next for him.”

Ridden by Victor Espinoza, Quotient sat a stalking behind early pacesetter Brother Soldier and was full of run into the far turn and took control a quarter mile out, and had a two length advantage on the winner with a sixteenth of a mile to run.

Off at 1-2 Quotient finished 3 ½ lengths in front of longshot Life’s Journey and paid $2.20 and $2.10.

Ridden by Jose Valdivia, Life’s Journey rallied wide-out to finished third, a nose in front of Sheila’s Footsteps.  Life’s Journey paid $5.00 to show.

With a Pick Six carryover of $61,937 to shoot at, fans wagered a hefty $490,297 in “new money,” creating a total pool of $552,233.  There were just four winning tickets, each worth $80,966.40.  Consolation tickets with five winners paid $360.60 each.


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