D’PENDABLE PROVES UNCATCHABLE IN DECARCHY PURSE COMEBACK WIN; SINGLE WINNING PICK SIX TICKET PAYS $255,606

ARCADIA, Calif. (Jan. 6, 2012) – First and third in two previous starts on turf, trainer Bob Baffert’s D’pendable simply ran away from his opposition over Santa Anita’s main track Friday when recording a decisive wire-to-wire victory in the $59,400 Decarchy Purse at six furlongs.

Third choice at 9-2 in a field of nine, the 4-year-old son of D’wildcat popped the gate under jockey Rafael Bejarano, sped through fractions of 21.25, 43.75 and 56.02 before being geared down to cross the wire 1 ½ lengths ahead of 41-1 longshot Thinking of Girls. The final time was 1:08.72.

Runflatout, the 9-10 favorite who had run third in a pair of graded stakes last summer, closed well to finish third, 1 ¼ lengths behind Thinking of Girls, who had pressed the early pace with Kayla Stra aboard.

“We were pretty excited about this horse after he won his first start, then he got hurt,” said D’pendable’s owner, Arnold Zetcher, who purchased the Florida-bred for $200,000 at the Barretts 2010 March sale. D’pendable went to the sidelines for eight months before returning with a third-place finish on turf last March at Santa Anita. Again, he went on the shelf.

Zetcher’s enthusiasm was rekindled with D’pendable’s impressive comeback on dirt in the Decarchy. He explained that the colt’s first two races on grass were not particularly by design. “We weren’t looking for turf races,” he said, “but that was what came up.”

D’pendable rewarded his faithful Friday with payoffs of $11, $6.80 and $4.20. Thinking of Girls paid $27.20 and $8.60. The show mutuel on Runflatout, ridden by Garrett Gomez, was $2.40. The victory was worth $34,800 to Zetcher while boosting the earnings of D’pendable to $66,120.

There was a Pick Six carryover of $73,360 going into Friday and with an additional $341,200 wagered, Friday’s total Pick Six pool was $414,560. The Pick Six yielded just one winning ticket, which was purchased at a satellite wagering outlet in Vallejo, Calif.

The Triple Crown trail takes flight on Saturday at Santa Anita with the Grade III, $100,000 Sham Stakes at one mile for 3-year-olds headed by undefeated 4-5 morning line favorite Secret Circle, winner of the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Sprint for Hall of Fame trainer Bob Baffert. Co-featured is the Grade II, $150,000 San Pasqual Stakes for older horses, the first major stepping-stone to the March 3 Santa Anita Handicap. First post for the nine-race program is at 12:30 p.m.

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