SELF MADE REMAINS UNBEATEN ON STRETCH OUT WITH ANOTHER STRONG FINISH

ARCADIA, Calif. (April 1, 2010) – Self Made, who uncorked a stunning last-quarter rally to soar from 14th to first in his maiden debut sprinting, relied on a similar style Thursday when stretched out to 1 1/16 miles as he rallied from sixth and last to capture Santa Anita’s $48,400 allowance feature for California-breds by three-quarters of a length.

With leading rider Rafael Bejarano again in the saddle for leading trainer John Sadler, 8-5 favored Self Made mounted his rally nearing the far turn. Staying in the clear on the extreme outside, the chestnut son of Old Topper steadily ran down Warrens Summergold, who was ridden by Christian Santiago Reyes.

The final time of 1:44.52 followed a dawdling half-mile of 49.56 established by pace-setter Runaway Bandido, who was nosed out for third by Green Card James with Martin Garcia aboard. The latter closed to within a neck of Warrens Summergold.

With his second win in as many starts, Self Made paid $5.20, $3.20 and $2.60. Warrens Summergold returned $3.40 and $2.80 while the show payoff on Green Card James was $3.20.

“He’s going to get better and better,” Bejarano said of the victorious 3-year-old colt owned by Tommy Town Thoroughbreds. Sadler said Self Made would be pointed to the $200,000 Snow Chief Stakes for Cal-bred 3-year-olds going 1 1/8 miles at Hollywood Park on April 24.

“This horse had only one race and today he went two turns for the first time,” said Bejarano in the winner’s circle on Thursday. “I wanted him to feel like he was running pretty much the same way, the same style.

“I knew they were going slow and I didn’t want to be too far back, so at the half-mile pole I asked him a little. He finished good, and he’s a very sound horse.”

Thursday’s winning purse of $28,880 lifted the earnings of Self Made to $55,280 in his fledgling career.

On Friday, Santa Anita continues with its popular “Free Fridays” attraction while offering free General Admission. Free box seats are available on a first-come, first-served basis. There will be a minimal concessions charge of $1 for such items as hot dogs, sodas, beer, popcorn and coffee. The eight-race program gets underway at 1 p.m.

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