Goodyearforroses proves best in Astra

HorseRacingNation.com
February 02, 2017 03:26pm
Goodyearforroses wins 2017 Astra
Photo: Zoe Metz Photography

Under a confident hand ride from Corey Nakatani, Irish-bred Goodyearforroses proved best going a marathon mile and one half on turf, as she took Thursday’s $75,000 Astra Stakes by 1 ¼ lengths. Trained by Richard Baltas, she got the distance in 2:28.07.

A winner of the Robert J. Frankel Stakes over a sloppy main track at a mile and one eighth on New Year’s Eve, Goodyearforroses was off at 7-2 in a field of 10 older fillies and mares and paid $9.20, $5.60 and $3.40.

Breaking from post position eight with the temporary inner rail set at 20 feet, Nakatani had his mount positioned mid-pack with a half mile to run and was third, just off the lead turning for home.

“I just listened to what Richard told me to do today,” said Nakatani, who also orchestrated her Frankel win. “I got her into a spot that I knew we needed to be in. On the far turn, I had a target (eventual fifth place finisher, Frenzified) with Mike Smith in front of me and Bejarano (Rafael, aboard third place finisher Ryans Charm) was just to my right. He moved out enough and it was over.”

Owned by Abbondanza Racing, LLC, which consisted of a boisterous group of celebrants who watched the race trackside, adjacent to the Winner’s Circle, Goodyearforroses, in her second start for Baltas since shipping in from Toronto, picked up her sixth win from 14 starts. A 5-year-old mare, she got $46,800 for the win, which increased her earnings to $245,995.

“I was expecting a big effort today,” said Baltas. “I wasn’t concerned about the distance at all. She won at a mile and a half on turf at Woodbine, at a mile and three eighths on synthetic, and she’s been training very well…My owners are great. They love it, they have a good time and they let me do my job.”

Argentine-bred Estrechada, off at 56-1 with Stewart Elliott up, stalked the pace and finished well to be second, finishing 2 ¼ lengths in front of Ryans Charm while paying $34.40 and $9.60.

The 8-5 favorite with Bejarano, Ryans Charm paid $2.80 to show.

Fractions on the race were 24.08, 48.44, 1:14.18, 1:39.43 and 2:04.48.

SINGLE TICKET PAYS $319,148 AS SANTA ANITA THURSDAY PICK SIX POOL ATTRACTS $322,648 IN ‘NEW MONEY,’ TOTALING $432,490 

SINGLETON PURCHASED THROUGH TWINSPIRES.COM FOR $648.00 

With a carryover from Sunday of $71,437 to take aim at, punters wagered $322,648 in “new money” Thursday, which coupled with a Single Ticket Pick Six Jackpot carryover of $38,404, created a total Santa Anita Pick Six pool of $432,490.

Purchased for $648.00 through TwinSpires.com, there was just one winning ticket Thursday and it was worth a whopping $319,148.

First post time for an eight-race card on Friday at Santa Anita is at 1 p.m. The Pick Six will begin with race three, which has an approximate post time of 2 p.m. PT.

Source: Santa Anita Park

 

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