Saturday, Santa Anita*DAYTONA S.
, $100,000, SAX, 12-29, 3yo/up, 6 1/2f (off turf), 1:14 2/5, wf.
1--COMMA TO THE TOP, 119, g, 4, by Bwana Charlie 1st Dam: Maggies Storm, by Stormy Atlantic 2nd Dam: Maggies Pistol, by Big Pistol 3rd Dam: Miss Magistrate, by Tanthem
($5,000 wlng '08 OBSOCT; $22,000 2yo 2010 OBSAPR). O-Gary Barber, Roger Birnbaum & Kevin Tsujihara; B-Richard & Linda Thompson (FL); T-Peter Miller; J-Edwin A Maldonado. $60,000. Lifetime Record: GISW, 25-11-2-1, $1,027,696. Werk Nick Rating: B. Click for the eNicks report & 5-cross pedigree.
, 119, c, 4, Candy Ride (Arg)
--Seeking Results, by Seeking the Gold. ($22,000 2yo ‘10 BESJAN). O-Six-S Racing Stable & Nikolas Petralia; B-Mr & Mrs Sidney H Craig & Jenny Craig; T-Craig A Lewis. $20,000.
3--Ain't No Other
, 119, g, 4, Old Topper--Miami Margie, by Shadeed. O/B-Tommy Town Thoroughbreds LLC (CA); T-Jerry Hollendorfer. $12,000.
Margins: 1 3/4, HD, 3/4. Odds: 1.60, 14.50, 6.80.
Also Ran: Capital Account, Wilkinson. Scratched: Red Sun, Circa’sgoldengear, Great Mills, Guest Star, Tale of a Champion, Starspangled Heat, Byrama (GB).
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Comma to the Top took advantage of a scratch-depleted field and took his career earnings to over $1 million with a front-running success in the Daytona H., washed onto the wet-fast main track.
Winner of the GI CashCall Futurity on synthetic at two and runner-up in last year’s GI Santa Anita Derby, the Florida-bred came from off the pace to take the restricted Pirate’s Bounty S. over the Del Mar Polytrack Sept. 5, then was a close fourth to Unbridled’s Note (Unbridled’s Song) in the GIII Eddie D. S. on the downhill turf course Sept. 28. He stretched back out to two turns and led throughout in the restricted Big Bear H. over this main track Oct. 21 and was exiting a fourth in the GIII Vernon O. Underwood S. at Hollywood Dec. 2.
With Edwin Maldonado replacing the injured Corey Nakatani in the irons, Comma to the Top was quickest into stride in this field of five and was hounded along by Ain’t No Other through lively fractions of :21.78 for the opening quarter and a half in :44.16. He drifted away from the inside and cocked his head towards his adoring fans in the grandstand while racing on his incorrect lead, but kept to his task and was never in serious danger. Clubhouse Ride made decent progress inside on the turn and rallied up the fence to just touch Ain’t No Other out of second.
"With the speed scratching, we felt we would go for the lead and it worked out good," Maldonado commented. "I felt I had a ton of horse under me at the end. The horse drifted out late, but the middle of the track was the hardest part of the track. I am most appreciative of Peter Miller for giving me the opportunity."
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