BetPTC.com Weekend Wrap Up

Santa Anita Pick 6 Carryover of $87,195

Nobody could piece together all six races in Sunday’s Pick 6 sequence at Santa Anita, so Thursday’s races will feature a carryover of $87,195.  The sequence will cover races 3 through 8 and post time for the 3rd race is 5:01pm EST on Thursday.

Jeranimo wins his third San Gabriel Stakes

Jeranimo once again took home the Grade 2 San Gabriel Stakes on Saturday as he rolled from last to first.  It was the third victory in this race for Jeranimo and an incredible sixth straight win in the San Gabriel for winning jockey Rafael Bejarano.  Jeranimo (BetPTC.com Top Selection) was last early on as Slim Shadey went out to the early lead and carved out very honest fractions early on as he received mild pressure from Fire With Fire.  Slim Shadey opened up as they came to the top of the stretch but Bejarano and Jeranimo started to roll and went very wide as to avoid any trouble.  Jeranimo had all the late momentum though and easily blew by Slim Shadey in the final sixteenth to get up and win by a length and a quarter.  Slim Shadey stayed on for second with Artic North and Joe Talamo getting up for third.

Earlier in the card it was Awesome Baby who pulled off a 5/1 upset in the Grade 2 Santa Ynez Stakes.  Awesome Baby and Mike Smith fired right to the front and set very quick fractions, grabbing an opening quarter in 21.76 seconds and a half mile in 44.45 seconds.  Awesome Baby just kept on finding more on the lead and held off a very game Taste Like Candy (BetPTC.com Top Selection) who rallied up to get second and fell just a half length short.  Cyclometer (BetPTC.com 2nd Selection) came from just off the pace to take home the win in the $75,000 Midnight Lute Stakes.  Cyclometer and Mike Smith stayed back in third early on as Anillo (BetPTC.com 3rd Selection) went out to set the pace.  Cyclometer advanced and came up to challenge at the top of the lane and had to hold off a late challenge from Moonshine Bay, but held on to win by three quarters of a length.

Just Call Kenny pulls off a shocker in the Spectacular Bid

Just Call Kenny was dismissed by most of the bettors on Saturday in the $100,000 Spectacular Bid Stakes, but he didn’t seem to care as he rolled from off the pace to get the win.  Sent off at odds of 19/1 in the small field of six, Just Call Kenny and Joe Bravo were last early on as Corfu (BetPTC.com Top Selection) and Hollywood Talent (BetPTC.com 2nd Selection) went out and battled early on.  Hollywood Talent took over the lead at the top of the lane and started to edge clear in mid-stretch, but Just Call Kenny and C. Zee both came rolling from the back of the field.  Just Call Kenny came roaring best though and drew clear to beat C. Zee by over two and a half lengths.  Hollywood Talent held on for the third spot.

Joe Bravo also took home the Marshua’s River Stakes as he guided Naples Bay between horses in mid-stretch to get up for a late surging victory.  Sent off at odds of 8/1, Naples Bay was mid-pack early on as Silverette was out on the lead.  Somali Lemonade (BetPTC.com Longshot) burst out of the pack into the stretch and grabbed the lead.  But Naples Bay came rolling on by late to get up and win by a length over Somali Lemonade.  Angelica Zapata (BetPTC.com 3rd Selection) finished up in third.  Sweet Whiskey (BetPTC.com 2nd Selection) came from off the pace and up the rail to score in the Grade 3 Old Hat Stakes.  Sweet Whiskey and Javier Castellano found themselves at the back of the pack as they turned for home as Co Cola grabbed the lead in the middle of the lane.  But Sweet Whiskey came rolling late and drew off in the final strides to win by almost three lengths.

Mighty Brown takes home the Pasco Stakes at Tampa 

Mighty Brown utilized a solid garden trip underneath Dean Butler and won the $100,000 Pasco Stakes on Saturday at Tampa Bay Downs.  Sent off at odds of 4/1, Mighty Brown sat third as favored Cool Cowboy (BetPTC.com Top Selection) went out to the early lead.  Mighty Brown started his move on the turn and came right up to Cool Cowboy at the top of the stretch.  Mighty Brown took command as Cool Cowboy tried to dig in, but Mighty Brown just had so much more in the tank and pulled clear to win by three and a quarter lengths.  Cool Cowboy finished up in second with Giancarlo (BetPTC.com 2nd Selection) finishing up in third.

In the Gasparilla Stakes it was Nesso who had the lead early, got headed in the middle of the race, but battled back to get the win in the $100,000 event.  Sent off at odds of 4/1, Nesso had the lead early on but House Money made a big mid-race move to get up and take the lead by a length on the turn.  But Nesso and Abdiel Jaen had more left in the tank and re-rallied to take the lead.  Nesso opened up and had to hold off a late charge from 10/1 Ice For the Lady (BetPTC.com Longshot) who rallied up for second.

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