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PEDROZA BOUNCES BACK FROM SPILL TO TAKE TOKYO CITY CUP ABOARD WORTH REPEATING IN 8-1 UPSET; VALENZUELA QUADRUPLES
ARCADIA, Calif. (March 26, 2011) – Jockey Martin Pedroza, uninjured in a spill two races previous, directed 8-1 longshot Worth Repeating to a determined upset victory Saturday in Santa Anita’s 55th running of the Grade III, $100,000 Tokyo City Cup marathon at 1 ½ miles.
Pedroza, however, had to share the day’s riding honors with Patrick Valenzuela, who scored with his first four mounts, none of them favorites. His last two mounts finished off the board.
Worth Repeating, a 5-year-old son of Giant’s Causeway trained by Richard Mandella, doggedly repelled the charge from last by Honour the Deputy to win the Tokyo City Cup by one-half length while covering the distance in 2:29.23.
Spurrier finished third, another 1 ½ lengths back in the field of five. Soul Candy, the 8-5 favorite who had rallied for fourth in the Santa Anita Handicap, settled for fourth on Saturday without offering any serious threat.
Pedroza kept Worth Repeating in close pursuit of pacesetter Arcodoro through the early running before taking charge nearing the far turn. Honour the Deputy, ridden by Corey Nakatani, came flying through the late stages without greatly impacting the winner.
“When I went down today and didn’t break a bone, I knew I was good to go,” Pedroza said in reference to the earlier spill. “In my (home) country (Panama), they teach you not to be scared in the jockey school. If you fall, you just have to bounce back and forget about it.”
Pedroza had ridden Worth Repeating but once before, a solid third behind turf standout Champ Pegasus in last August’s Grade II Del Mar Handicap at 1 3/8 miles on grass.
“This is the kind of horse that once you ride it, you fall in love with it,” the 45-year-old Pedroza said. “He was (Rafael) Bejarano’s horse, and I picked the horse up after Bejarano had the spill at Del Mar.
“He ran good and Richard (Mandella) was very happy. But Richard has his own riders, and I was hoping to hook up with this horse again someday in the future. Today was the day. I got to know the horse, and it paid off.”
Worth Repeating paid $18.20, $5.60 and $3.20. Honour the Deputy returned $3.80 and $2.60. The show price on Spurrier, handled by Martin Garcia, was $2.60.
Owned by the Spendthrift Farm of breeder B. Wayne Hughes, Worth Repeating earned $60,000 from his third win in 19 career starts. The winning purse increased his lifetime earnings to $229,440.
Mandella was in the United Arab Emirates for the Dubai World Cup program. Seth Semkin, representing Mandella, said “Richard had always felt if this horse could run over a long distance of ground, he’d be pretty tough because he’s a grinder. He just gallops and gallops, and Richard always wanted to give him a try.”
Multiple graded stakes winner Briecat heads a field of seven fillies and mares who will contest Sunday’s 31st running of the $70,000 Santa Lucia Stakes for fillies and mares at 1 1/16 miles. The nine-race card gets underway at 12:30 p.m.