In complete command throughout, Richard C. Pell’s Calculator marched to an impressive one length victory in Sunday’s $75,000 Clockers’ Corner Stakes at Santa Anita. Ridden by Flavien Prat and trained by Peter Miller, the 6-year-old Florida-bred horse by In Summation remained unbeaten in three starts down Santa Anita’s hillside turf course as he got the distance in 1:12.08.
Breaking from post position two, Prat made the decision to out-foot longshot Jimmy Bouncer for the early lead and it proved the right move as Calculator was never challenged thereafter.
“He broke really good and I just decided to make the lead,” said Prat, who was aboard Calculator for the first time today. “I knew the fractions were fast but he was comfortable…He was the best horse.”
Off as the 4-5 favorite in a field of six older horses, Calculator, who was a close fourth on the main track in the Grade III, six furlong Midnight Lute Stakes Dec. 30, paid $3.80, $2.60 and $2.10.
“I thought he ran huge,” said Miller’s assistant, Ruben Alvarado. “He’s more mature now and we’re looking for big year with him.”
A winner of the Grade III Sham Stakes here at age three, Calculator is now 20-5-5-4. With the winner’s share of $46,080, he now has earnings of $642,560.
“Flavien’s a great rider, but he didn’t follow instructions at all,” joked the winning owner, Pell. “We thought the one (Fly to Mars, with Evin Roman) would go and we’d track him, but it didn’t work out that way.”
Fly to Mars, who is also trained by Miller, put in a good rail run late, but was second best, finishing three quarters of a length in front of Perfectly Majestic. Off at 3-1, Fly to Mars paid $3.20 and $2.60.
Off at 5-1 with Kent Desormeaux, Perfectly Majestic paid $2.80 to show.
Fractions on the race were 20.85, 43.22 and 1:05.90.
Source: Santa Anita Park