ARCADIA, Calif. (April 22, 2011) – Bourbon Bay strengthened his lucrative attachment to Santa Anita’s Camino Real turf course Sunday by winning the historic San Juan Capistrano Handicap, but it took longer for the stewards to separate the even-money favorite and Eastern invader Eagle Poise than it did to run the nation’s longest graded turf stakes at 1 ¾ miles which is traditionally contested on the winter/spring meet’s closing day.
After the pair crossed the finish line in perfect sync, another six minutes was required to determine that Bourbon Bay, a one-half length winner of the event in 2010, had indeed triumphed in the 73rd running of the Grade II, $150,000 marathon run in 2:45.70. It was that close before a rapt crowd of 16,034.
Upon becoming the sixth two-time winner of the historic stakes race inaugurated in 1935, Bourbon Bay recorded his seventh win in nine starts over the course. He has won a single grass race elsewhere. His earnings from his sixth Grade II victory over the layout reached $607,800 with the $90,000 winner’s share compared to $968,536 overall in 26 career starts.