OLD GUYS RULE!! VETERAN SOI PHET RALLIES TO WIN $100,000 CRYSTAL WATER STAKES BY A HEAD UNDER QUINONEZ; TRAINED BY POWELL, 10-YEAR-OLD GELDING GETS MILE ON TURF IN 1:35.00

RACE IS PART OF LUCRATIVE GOLDEN STATE SERIES FOR CALIFORNIA-BRED OR SIRED HORSES 

ARCADIA, Calif. (May 20, 2018)–In a race in which the top five finishers were separated by roughly a half length, it was trainer Leonard Powell’s veteran warhorse, Soi Phet, who carried the day, as he took Sunday’s $100,000 Crystal Water Stakes by a head.  Ridden by Alonso Quinonez, the 10-year-old gelding, who was making his 58th career start, got one mile over the Santa Anita turf in 1:35 flat.

Claimed 42 starts back for $16,000 on May 23, 2013 at Hollywood Park, the California-bred gelding by Tizbud, out of the Siberian Summer mare Summer Jersey, notched his 14th career win (13 of them with his current connections) and his seventh career stakes victory in taking the Crystal Water.

A close third turning for home behind eventual third place finisher Well Developed and fifth place finisher Tule Fog, Soi Phet pinned his ears when challenged to his outside by second place finisher B Squared and won like a young lion.

“I was very confident today,” said Quinonez.  “That race was the plan that I talked about with Leonard.  Break well, stay inside down by the rail, follow the speed.  Wait until the stretch and just see what you’ve got at the end.”

Although he ran a big second in a conditioned allowance here two starts back going a mile and one sixteenth on dirt March 23, Soi Phet was subsequently beaten 18 ½ lengths in the Grade II Californian at a mile and one eighth on April 28.

“His last race took nothing out of him,” said Powell, who is also a co-owner.  “I knew he had lost nothing in weight and it’s better now than it’s been in the last two years.  I knew he was doing well and he’s rewarding us.  He weighs 1,167 pounds now and last year at about this time, he weighed 1,145.

“…We’ll just race him as long as he’s happy.  I hope another year, but he’ll tell us.  There’s a race at Los Alamitos in July.  I’ll race him once or twice at Del Mar, again in September and then he’ll get a vacation and we’ll try it again next year.”

Dismissed at 47-1 today in a field of 11 Golden State eligible California-bred or sired three year olds and up, Soi Phet returned $96.80, $33.80 and $15.60.

Owned by the Benowitz Family Trust, Mathilde Powell and Paul Viskovich, Soi Phet is approaching millionaire status, as the winner’s share of $60,000 brought his career bankroll to $955,250.  (Today’s Crystal Water was his second win from 14 tries on turf).

Ridden by Mario Gutierrez, B Squared saved ground at the rail while fifth most of the trip, swung four-deep turning for home and did everything but outrun the winner as he finished second, a neck in front of pacesetter Well Developed.

Off at 5-1, B Squared paid $7.20 and $4.80.

Well Developed, who surged to a half length advantage a sixteenth of a mile out, had to settle for third, a neck in front of favored Ashleyluvssugar.  Ridden by Drayden Van Dyke, Well Developed was off at 7-2 and paid $4.00 to show.

Fractions on the race were 23.20, 47.18, 1:11.01 and 1:22.88.

Racing resumes with a five-day week on Thursday.  First post time for an eight-race card is at 12:30 p.m.

MARIO WATCH

Mario Gutierrez
Entries
May 24Santa Anita

It’s Alexus Wgt-115 Race 5 Maiden Claiming $40,000
Point Piper Wgt-125 Race 7 Allowance Optional Claiming $62,500
May 25Santa Anita

Tuscany Beauty Wgt-123 Race 1 Claiming $6,250
Operandi Wgt-120 Race 5 Claiming $40,000
Red Obsession Wgt-125 Race 8 Maiden Claiming $20,000

Results
May 20 – Santa Anita
Older Brother finished 3rd beaten 6 lengths Race 1 Chart
Noble Nick finished 1st by 1/2 length Race 2 Chart
Hit the Seam finished 3rd beaten 1 length Race 3 Chart
B Squared finished 2nd beaten by a head Race 9 Chart

 

Santa Anita Daily Results and Activity

Results

Sunday, May 20
Race# Race Type Purse
Race 1 Maiden Special Weight $54,000 Overnight Overnight
Race 2 Claiming – $16,000 $22,000 Overnight Overnight
Race 3 Maiden Special Weight $54,000 Overnight Overnight
Race 4 Claiming – $6,250 $14,000 Overnight Overnight
Race 5 Maiden Claiming – $20,000 $18,000 Overnight Overnight
Race 6 Claiming – $40,000 $33,000 Overnight Overnight
Race 7 Maiden Claiming – $30,000 $21,000 Overnight Overnight
Race 8 Allowance Optional Claiming – $40,000 $56,000 Overnight Overnight
Race 9 Crystal Water S. $100,000 Overnight Overnight



Early Entries

Friday, May 25 Overnight
Race# Race Type Purse
Race 1 Claiming – $6,250 $14,000
Race 2 Maiden Claiming – $20,000 $18,000
Race 3 Allowance Optional Claiming – $75,000 $63,000
Race 4 Claiming – $25,000 $29,000
Race 5 Claiming – $40,000 $33,000
Race 6 Claiming – $25,000 $23,000
Race 7 Allowance Optional Claiming – $62,500 $58,000
Race 8 Maiden Claiming – $20,000 $18,000

Woodbine Daily Results and Activity

Results

Sunday, May 20
Race# Race Type Purse
Race 1 Maiden Special Weight $61,000 Overnight Overnight
Race 2 Claiming – $10,000 $20,000 Overnight Overnight
Race 3 Maiden Special Weight $61,000 Overnight Overnight
Race 4 Claiming – $10,000 $20,000 Overnight Overnight
Race 5 Maiden Claiming – $10,000 $18,700 Overnight Overnight
Race 6 Allowance Optional Claiming – $75,000 $61,000 Overnight Overnight
Race 7 Allowance Optional Claiming – $62,500 $62,300 Overnight Overnight
Race 8 Ballade S. $100,000 Overnight Overnight
Race 9 Allowance $61,000 Overnight Overnight

 

Golden Gate Daily Results and Activity

Results

Sunday, May 20
Race# Race Type Purse
Race 1 Claiming – $8,000 $11,000 Overnight Overnight
Race 2 Starter Allowance – $4,000 $10,500 Overnight Overnight
Race 3 Maiden Special Weight $26,000 Overnight Overnight
Race 4 Starter Allowance – $50,000 $17,000 Overnight Overnight
Race 5 Maiden Special Weight $26,000 Overnight Overnight
Race 6 Starter Allowance – $50,000 $17,000 Overnight Overnight
Race 7 Alcatraz S. $75,000 Overnight Overnight
Race 8 Claiming – $20,000 $18,000 Overnight Overnight
Race 9 Maiden Claiming – $8,000 $8,000 Overnight Overnight



Early Entries

Friday, May 25 Overnight
Race# Race Type Purse
Race 1 Maiden Claiming – $5,000 $7,000
Race 2 Maiden Claiming – $16,000 $10,000
Race 3 Claiming – $12,500 $10,000
Race 4 Maiden Claiming – $12,500 $9,000
Race 5 Starter Allowance – $50,000 $17,000
Race 6 Claiming – $5,000 $9,500
Race 7 Allowance $33,000

Justify Emerges From the Fog to Win Preakness

Justify (outside) and Good Magic (inside) battle past the stands for the first time in the Preakness Stakes

Justify Emerges From the Fog to Win Preakness

In an intense, white fog at Pimlico Race Course, Justify and Good Magic, the top two finishers in the Kentucky Derby Presented by Woodford Reserve (G1), dueled for the second prize in the Triple Crown.

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They ran the Preakness Saturday at Pimlico in Baltimore, Maryland and when it was visible through the fog and rain, it was an exciting race. Justify delivered another great performance under conditions that were not so great, and out of the grey and wet a serious case of Triple Crown fever has emerged.  If the racing gods continue to smile on Justify, we can reconvene in three weeks to watch the Belmont to see if Justify is good enough, and lucky enough, to be the 13th Triple Crown winner.

Tiptoe Is Making Some Noise

TIPTOE – PATTI TUBBS PHOTO

Tiptoe ($9.30) took a big step forward when she followed up her debut maiden win with a 4 ½ length victory over allowance type fillies in the third race on Saturday. Tiptoe was three lengths back of Acharnement and Under Par after a half mile and it took her a while to catch them.  But when she did get by with a sixteenth to go, she was indeed gone.  Tiptoe had daylight to spare at the wire after 6 ½ furlongs went by in 1:19.52, equaling the fastest time of the day.  Amadeo Perez rode.

Tiptoe is owned by Swift Thoroughbreds, Inc. They bought her in the 2016 CTHS Sale for $29,000 after having previously raced her half -sister, Architecture, who was Champion Two-Year-Old Filly in BC for 2013, while winning the Fantasy and two other stakes.  Tiptoe did not race as a two-year-old, but she is perfect thus far at three.  Dino Condilenios trains the daughter of Tiz Wonderful and Harmony Creator.  She was bred in BC by Whitewood Farm.

Also Noteworthy:

ACCESS THIS – PATTI TUBBS PHOTO

Access This ($5.30) accessed the Winner’s Circle in the opener, a 16K claimer for colts and geldings that had never won three races. Enrique Gonzalez grabbed a fresh set of goggles going into the final turn, asked the winner for more, and came out of it with a lead that he maintained all the way down the lane.  Final time for the 6 ½ furlongs was 1:19.52.  It was one of the three races on the card that was run in less than a minute and twenty-seconds over a track that is kind to horses but not conducive to speed.  Philip Hall trains the winner for Peter Redekop B. C., Ltd.

SHAYLA’S ROSE – PATTI TUBBS PHOTO

The second half of the early Daily Double went to Shayla’s Rose ($6.20) who put together a sweeping move that carried her past and away from the pacesetters to post a 3 ½ length win over a field of 4K claimers. Shayla’s Rose may run in lower level claiming races but there is nothing cheap about her.  She has now won 6 races in 23 starts and has been first, second or third seventeen times.  Ted and Kathy Hurt own Shayla’s Rose and Ted Hurt trains her.  Sahin Civaci rode the winner as he has for the past two seasons.  Shayla’s Rose was bred in BC by Glen Todd.

The fourth was won by Parianne ($14.60) with tactics that appeared, on the day, to offer the best chance for success, that being to stalk the speed for a half-mile, make a move going into the last turn and maintain the resulting lead to the wire. It worked for Parianne and jockey Jeff Burningham.  She got her second win of the season and second career win for trainer Robert Maybin.  The winner was bred in BC by her owners, Robert and Sheena Maybin.

Despite getting to the lead earlier than was de rigueur for the day, Future Games ($7.40) maiden status is a thing of the past. With jockey Silvino Morales charting an inside course, Future Games moved to the lead on the first turn and held a hard-trying Turbocharged safe all the way home for owner/trainer Mary-Anne Baumgartner who, along with Robert Charles Ferguson, bred the winner in BC.

PRESDENTIAL BIRD – PATTI TUBBS PHOTO

The sixth race produced the day’s largest win price when Presidential Bird ($24.20) got to the front deep in the stretch to upset a group of 8K non-winners of three. Scott Williams brought the winner from far back to catch Perfectly Reckless (9-1) and hold off Footman (36-1).  Martello (18-1) rounded out a superfecta that paid $9,589 for a buck.  Steve Henson trains the winner for J and G Racing Stable.

TOTAL DEFENCE – PATTI TUBBS PHOTO

Total Defence ($3.30) closed out the festivities by nosing out a charging Storm Cruiser to post a win for the North American Thoroughbred Horse Company, Inc. and trainer Glen Todd. Aaron Gryder rode the winner who found a seam at the head of the lane and needed every inch of the stretch to get there and pay the shortest win dividend of the day.

 

MIKE AND DREW’S DERBY PICKS FOR MONDAY AT HASTINGS

Race 1 3 – Beentospain
5 – Omi
4 – Fire Beauty
3 – Beentospain
5 – Omi
1 – Astartobe
Race 2 5 – Brother Brian
3 – Humphrey Lad
7 – Tru Steel
3 – Humphry Lad
6 – Tru Steel
7 – Eightthreesixsix
Race 3 1 – El Super
5 – Ida Goodest
3 – Shotting Jacket
3 – Shooting Jacket
1 – El Super
5 – Ida Goodest
Race 4 5 – Devil in Disguise
2 – Cederberg
7 – Flemings Beach
5 – Devil in Disguise
9 – Maggie’s Guy
2 – Cederberg
Race 5 3 – Bistraya
7 – Blue Law
1 – Modern
7 – Blue Law
3 – Bistraya
8 – Strate Remark
Race 6 3 – Alliford Bay
2 – Touching Promise
1 – Curlish Figure
3 – Alliford Bay
2 – Touching Promise
5 – Sailingforthesun
Race 7 3 – Cyclone Dan
5 – Sir Roosevelt
7 – Storm Rocket
5 – Sir Roosevelt
8 – New Dreams
7 – Storm Rocket
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