CAYAMBE SHORTENS UP, GIVES BEJARANO HAT TRICK

ARCADIA, Calif. (Dec. 30, 2010)—Shortening up out of four consecutive routes, Cayambe, a 6-year-old gelding by Helmsman, relaxed well in the early stages and finished with a rush to provide jockey Rafael Bejarano with his third win on the afternoon in Thursday’s 6 ½ furlong, $68,000 allowance feature at Santa Anita.

“He broke good, but I wanted him to be in a comfortable position,” said Peruvian sensation Bejarano. “I knew there was a lot of speed in the race, especially the favorite (Earnednevergiven), and he relaxed really well. I could see they were going fast and I asked my horse a little bit going to the three eighths. When we turned into the stretch, he got clear and he really ran good.”

Cayambe, who is trained by Victor Garcia and owned by Lucky Charm Stable, was one of four horses in the field of six who were entered, but forced to miss the Dec. 19 On Trust Handicap at Hollywood Park due to a weather-related cancellation.

Like the On Trust, Thursday’s feature was for California-breds, aged 3-and-up. Cayambe was up to win by a head over Amazombie and Mike Smith, getting the 6 ½ furlongs in 1:14.64.

Earnednevergiven, the 8-5 post time favorite with David Flores aboard, was sent to the lead from post position number six and was pressed through early fractions of 21.84, 44.36 and 1:08.27, and finished third, two lengths behind the top two.

Cayambe, who hadn’t run since finishing a close fourth in the Oct. 30 California Cup Classic at Hollywood on Oct. 30, banked $40,800 and ran his career bankroll to $410,776. Thursday’s victory was his fourth win from eight starts this year. His lifetime record stands at 39-10-5-4.

Cayambe paid $18.20, $8.20 and $4.00. Amazombie returned $8.00 and $4.20. Earnednevergiven paid $2.80 to show.

Santa Anita will present a nine-race card on Friday, with first post time at 12:30 p.m.

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