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A TOAST TO YOU TAKES SANTA ANITA ALLOWANCE FEATURE BY A NOSE AS 3-YEAR-OLDS DUEL MILE ON TURF
ARCADIA, Calif. (Oct. 14, 2012)—A Toast to You, with Tyler Baze aboard, was up to win Santa Anita’s eighth race Sunday, a $53,000 first condition allowance affair for 3-year olds at one mile on turf, getting perhaps the most fortuitous head bob of the meet and prevailing by a nose over Huntsville.
“Everybody said we lost and the longer it (decision on photo finish) went, I was hoping for a dead heat,” said trainer Peter Miller, who registered his second of three wins on the day. “When they put the number up, I was like ‘Yeah!’”
A colt by Tribal Rule, A Toast to You is owned by Gary and Cecil Barber and got the distance in 1:33.61. He stalked fractions of 22.26, 45.50, 1:09.76 and 1:21.83 and was ridden for the first time by Baze.
“He gave it his all,” said the comebacking Baze, who won Saturday’s $175,000 Cal Cup Classic with Lucky Primo. “Pete said he tries hard and he ran his ass off. He really dug in.”
A Toast to You, off at 5-1 in the field of 10 runners, paid $13.40, $7.00 and $5.20. The winner’s share of $63,750 padded his earnings to $241,130 as he notched his fifth win from nine starts.
While the winner got a perfect head bob on the wire, Huntsville, ridden by Juan Hernandez, got anything but. Visually, he appeared to many to have held off A Toast to You, but the still photo revealed that his head was up at the finish, costing him the win. Huntsville was also in close attendance early and took the lead in deep stretch. He paid $7.00 and $4.80.
Like the top two, Irish-bred Paratito was also close up early and missed the win by a half-length. Ridden by Edwin Maldonado, he was off at 15-1 and paid $7.80 to show.
You Know I Know, the heavy 2-1 favorite with Rafael Bejarano, sat well off the pace early and finished with interest, finishing fourth, beaten 1 ¾ lengths.
Live racing will resume at Santa Anita on Thursday, with first post time at 1 p.m. There is a Pick Six carryover of $66,088 and the total pool on Thursday should exceed $400,000.