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PINCELADA ENDS SKID WITH DOMINANT VICTORY IN FRIDAY’S FEATURE
ARCADIA, Calif. (Oct. 28, 2011) – After picking up minor awards in four races on turf, a switch to Santa Anita’s main track agreed with Pincelada, who responded by scoring her first victory in 18 months when dominating Friday’s seven-furlong feature, a $49,980 allowance event for fillies and mares.
With jockey Joe Talamo at the controls, the 4-year-old Florida-bred filly took control soon after the start, turned back close pursuer Came West on the far turn, and drew away to win by 4 ¼ lengths under a hand ride. The final time was 1:22.39.
Evita’s Sister rallied for the place under Garrett Gomez, 1 ¼ lengths in front of 13-10 favorite Miss Silver Brook, who never mounted a serious threat while ridden by Martin Garcia. The late scratch of Toro Bonito reduced the field to four starters.
With no show betting, Pincelada, the 2-1 second choice, paid $6.20 and $4.20. The place price on Evita’s Sister was $3.80.
In the short field, Pincelada, trained by Brian Koriner for M Racing Group, seemed to benefit from her ability to show early speed. She broke a step behind Came West, but Talamo was soon able to make the lead. Pincelada took her rivals through fractions of 22.70, 45.41 and 1:09.16.
While she had gone winless for a long spell, the daughter of Wildcat Heir had been a forward factor in her previous eight starts, which included a second over Santa Anita’s main track in April against allowance company.
Friday’s victory was worth $30,600 and brought her career earnings to $132,980 from an overall record of 3-3-0 in 16 career starts.
On Saturday, Santa Anita presents the 22nd running of the California Cup, a sequence of five stakes races exclusively for California-breds with combined purse money of $600,000. Soul Candy is the defending champion in the $175,000 Cal Cup Classic at 1 1/8 miles, which will be run on turf for the first time. First post for the festive day of nine races for Cal-breds is at 1 p.m.