Long Fused Heywoods Beach Is Best As He Takes Grade III, $100,000 Tokyo City Cup
LONG FUSED HEYWOODS BEACH IS BEST AS HE TAKES GRADE III, $100,000 TOKYO CITY CUP BY A NECK & GETS 1 ½ MILES IN 2:31.98
ARCADIA, Calif. (Oct. 2, 2022)—Although he’s by an Eclipse Champion Sprinter, long fused Heywoods Beach prefers marathon distances, evidenced by his convincing neck victory in Sunday’s Grade III, $100,000 Tokyo City Cup at a mile and one half over the Santa Anita main track. Trained by John Sadler and ridden to perfection by Ramon Vazquez, Heywoods Beach got the trip in 2:31.98.
With a backstretch start, Heywoods Beach was a joint third about 1 ½ lengths off pacesetter Storm the Court under the wire the first time and in the run to the far turn. Three furlongs from home, Vazquez slipped through at the rail as Storm the Court drifted out a bit, was on terms with favored Tizamagician turning for home and gradually inched clear through the lane while holding off a late bid from longshot Win the Day on the money.
Owned by Hronis Racing, LLC, Heywoods Beach, who although well beaten on grass in the Grade II Del Mar Handicap Sept. 3, defeated Tizamagician in winning the Grade III Cougar II Stakes at a mile and one half on dirt two starts back on July 24.
The second choice today at 7-2 in a field of seven 3-year-olds and up, Heywoods Beach paid $9.00, $4.60 and $2.80.
A 5-year-old horse by 2004 Eclipse Champion Sprinter Speightstown, out of the Catienus mare Unfold the Rose, Heywoods Beach got his second graded stakes win and his fifth win from 20 overall starts while getting his second victory from three tries at the marathon mile and one half.
With the winner’s share of $60,000, Heywoods Beach ran his earnings to $349,751.
Last after the first half mile, Win the Day finished well under Umberto Rispoli and paid $8.20 and $4.20 while off at 10-1.
Finishing 1 ½ lengths back was favored Tizamagician was off at 4-5 under Mike Smith and paid $2.20 to show.
Fractions on the race were 24.37, 48.68, 1:13.40, 1:39.32 and 2:04.79.