ARCADIA, Calif. (June 4, 2015)–Favored Footstepsinbronze saved ground at the rail and went on to a comfortable 1 ¼ length win under Rafael Bejarano in Thursday’s $60,000 The Dream Team allowance feature at Santa Anita, as he covered one mile on turf in 1:37.94.Owned by Adam Richey and trained by Simon Callaghan, the 4-year-old Irish-bred colt bested seven rivals as he improved his overall record to 7-3-3-0. Off at 2-1, he paid $6.20, $3.40 and $2.60. With the winner’s share of $36,000, Footstepsinbronze increased he earnings to $152,250.“Coming into the stretch, I definitely wanted him to switch off his left lead, but he didn’t want to,” said Bejarano, who sat a close third before splitting horses two-wide at the top of the stretch. “In the last sixteenth though, he did switch and he showed me a big kick.”(Bejarano, who entered the 24th day of Santa Anita’s Spring Meeting atop the jockey standings with Tyler Baze at 23 wins, picked up his second win on the card).“I was a little worried about how slow the turf has been playing but he looked so great in the paddock,” said Callaghan, who has had Footstepsinbronze for all seven of his starts. “I knew he was going to run a good race. He’s been training really well…We’ll probably wait for Del Mar and look for an overnight stake now. He’s only getting better and he likes Del Mar.”Next to last early, runner-up Jules Journey finished well and just held Texas Ryano off by a neck for the place. Ridden by Santiago Gonzalez, Jules Journey was off at 7-2 and paid $4.60 and $3.00.With Joe Talamo up, Texas Ryano was last early and closed with a rush toward the middle of the course to finish third, 1 ¼ lengths clear of pacesetter Home School. Off at 5-2, “Tex” paid $2.80 to show.Ridden by Felipe Valdez, Irish-bred Home School bounced to the lead and set fractions of 25.03, 49.64, 1:13.35 and 1:25.57.First post time for an eight-race card on Friday at Santa Anita is at 4 p.m. Admission gates open at 11 a.m. for simulcasting from the eastern time zone.
ARCADIA, Calif. (Feb. 21, 2016)–Supplemented at a cost of $1,500, longshot Iron Rob validated the investment with a half length win in Sunday’s $75,000 Baffle Stakes at 6 ½ furlongs. Originally scheduled for the hillside turf at the same distance, the Baffle was switched to the main track due to rainfall earlier this week. Ridden by Santiago Gonzalez and trained by George Papaprodromou, the 3-year-old Florida-bred colt by Twirling Candy got the distance in 1:15.50.Breaking from post position two in a field that was reduced to four sophomores by a pair of late scratches, Iron Rob sat a restrained second to favored Tiz a Billy around the far turn, took over a furlong out and won while eased up a bit at the wire.With no show wagering, Iron Rob, who was pulled up after the race on the Club House turn and did not return to the Winner’s Circle, was off at 5-1 and paid $13.60 and $3.80.“He’s fine,” said Papaprdromou. “He stumbled coming out of the gate. Santiago was holding him the whole way. Crossing the wire, he was holding him even. He jumped off because he didn’t want to have him keep galloping out or to have to jog back after.”Owned by Kretz Racing, LLC, Iron Rob, who broke his maiden two starts back going 5 ½ furlongs at Los Alamitos Dec. 4, got his second win from nine starts. With the winner’s share of $47,100, he increased his earnings to $110,520.Tiz a Billy, who took the lead coming out of the seven furlong chute, battled back late under Flavien Prat and finished 8 ½ lengths in front of He’s a Tiger. Off at 3-5, Tiz a Billy paid $2.60 to place.Fractions on the race were 22.07, 45.04 and 1:09.06.Racing resumes at Santa Anita on Thursday, with first post time at 1 p.m. Admission gates will open at 11 a.m.