SARACH & BEJARANO KICK CLEAR LATE TO TAKE SANTA ANITA’S $58,000 GUTENBERG PURSE AT ONE MILE ON TURF

ARCADIA, Calif. (Feb. 1, 2013)—Attentive to the early pace, Sarach, with Rafael Bejarano up, kicked clear nicely with a furlong to go to take Friday’s $58,000 Gutenberg Purse by 1 ½ lengths, covering one mile on turf in 1:35.45.

The Guttenberg, a first condition allowance for 3-year-old fillies, attracted a field of eight, with Sarach going off as the 9-2 second choice from the rail. Trained by Richard Mandella, Sarach came off a maiden win at the distance on turf on Jan. 5.

“I know this horse and I tried to do the same thing today that we did last time,” said Bejarano, who registered his third win of the day. “She broke sharp, but I could see the number five (Secret Motive, with Martin Garcia) rushing to the lead, so I was able to get my horse to relax.”

Bejarano sat close to splits of 23.74, 47.47, 1:11.77 and 1:23.74. When the field swung for home, he pointed Sarach three deep from the rail and the Kentucky-bred daughter of Arch responded with an impressive turn of foot.

“I waited a little longer to ask her, because I thought Gomez (Garrett, aboard 6-5 favorite Pussycat Lips) would be coming. My filly gave me a big kick and she ran great.”

Sarach paid $11.20, $5.60 and $4.00. With the winner’s share of $34,800, she increased her earnings to $74,270 from a mark of 5-2-0-0. She is owned by her breeders, Wertheimer & Frere.

“My filly must be improving to win like that,” said Mandella. “…She rated nicely, sat back and came on like an ’ol pro. I think we’ll look at the Providencia Stakes here later in the meet (April 7) at a mile and an eighth.”

Birdlover, the 7-2 second choice with Edwin Maldonado, made a run from off the pace and finished second, a half length in front of Secret Motive. Birdlover returned $5.00 and $3.80.

Third-place finisher Secret Motive, who cut to the rail into the Club House turn, dueled around the turn and up the backside with 18-1 longshot Somethingabouther and Mike Smith, and finished a neck in front of Pussycat Lips.

Secret Motive paid $7.20 to show.

Irish-bred Pussycat Lips was in a striking position turning for home and finished well, but lacked the necessary rally.

Santa Anita will offer fans a 10-race card on Saturday, highlighted by three stakes, the Grade II Robert B. Lewis, the Grade II Strub Stakes and the Grade II Arcadia Stakes. The track will guarantee $400,000 in the Late Pick 4.

First post time on Saturday is at 12:30 p.m.