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HOLLADAY ROAD ON TARGET IN THURSDAY’S $49,050 ROAD TO SLEW PURSE
ARCADIA, Calif. (Oct. 6, 2011) – Claimed for $25,000 on July 31, Gary & Wendy Broad’s Holladay Road rallied from eighth and last Thursday for a one-length victory over troubled Obsess in Santa Anita’s $49,050 Road to Slew Purse at 6 ½ furlongs.
The 19-10 favorite in a race moved off Santa Anita’s dampened turf course to the main track following rain on Wednesday, the 6-year-old gelding covered the distance in 1:15.19 with Garrett Gomez in the saddle.
Trainer Julio Canani, who dropped a claim slip for the California-bred son of Street Cry at Del Mar even though he had been on the shelf for almost 14 months, is delighted with his recent acquisition.
“This horse is really good right now,” said Canani. “I nominated him to the Cal Cup Classic (Oct. 29) at a mile and one eighth on grass. If we run there, I’ll train him up to it. I’ll play it by ear.”
Even though Holladay Road was one of two favorites to win on the day’s card, a 65-1 shot in the previous race generated a Pick Six carryover of $42,528 into Friday’s program. Warrens Temptation paid $138.20 in taking the maiden claiming event following losses in his first 33 starts.
While Holladay Road was taken back to last by Gomez in the Road to Slew Purse, runner-up Obsess nearly lost jockey Mike Smith at the start when stumbling so badly his nose hit the ground. “We were fortunate nobody got hurt,” Smith said, “and, after all that, he only got beat by a length.” Obsess finished three-quarters-of-a-length ahead of third-place Sammy’s a Runnin.’
The winner paid $5.80, $3.40 and $3.40. Obsess returned $5.60 and $5. The show price on Sammy’s a Runnin’, ridden by Alonso Quinonez, was $4.20.
Thursday’s victory was the fourth in 10 starts for Holladay Road. The winning purse of $28,800 lifted his career earnings to $113,380.
Holladay Road had won two in a row when he went to the sidelines in May of last year. He extended the streak to three straight victories when Canani claimed him. In his lone previous start for his new connections on Aug. 27 at Del Mar, Holladay Road finished a troubled fourth, one length behind Mega Heat in an allowance event at one mile.
Friday’s card gets underway at 1 p.m. Each of the eight races includes a field of at least 10 entrants. The Pick Six sequence begins with the third race.