Maiden Hudson Ridge overcomes problem to win Santa Anita cinema – Horse Racing News
Despite a tumultuous start, the longtime Hudson Ridge girl ran as a budget favorite in Sunday’s $ 100,000 Cinema Stakes at Santa Anita in Arcadia, Calif., As the son of Bob’s Triple Crown winner Baffert’s 2015 American Pharoah revised Jimmy Irish’s pace as he returned home and then overtook recent stakes winner Sword Zorro on the wire, winning by 1 ¼ lengths. Coached by Baffert and ridden by Abel Cedillo, Hudson Ridge clocked 1 1/8 miles on firm turf in 1: 49.06.
With American Pharoah’s As Time Goes By victorious in Saturday’s Grade 2 Santa Maria Stakes, the white-haired workout wonder continues, as Hudson Ridge provided Kentucky-based ‘Pharoah’ with his second winner of the week. -end.
Coming out of third in a field of five sophomores, Jimmy Irish, along with Victor Espinoza, appeared to move shortly after the break, then veered sharply outward, slamming Hubris favored to his immediate outside, which then swerved out onto Hudson Crest Road.
“I have to give Abel’s agent Tom Knust credit for this one,” Baffert said. “I was nominated for the race but I had no intention of racing here and he said we should, the horse had some issues last time around and he would be fine with these horses. The break, I don’t know what happened. It was crazy.
“I didn’t know who was causing it… After that Abel did a great job, he didn’t panic, he put it in a soft (rhythm)… Then in the back, the four (Hubris ) got out and turned for the house… He’s a horse that didn’t really show us much, but it’s a great weekend for American Pharoah.
Winless in four starts and a troubled second against the young ladies running a flat mile on the turf here On May 1, Hudson Ridge, who is out of the Galileo Shell House mare, had started at 5-1 and called out 13, $ 60, $ 6.20 and $ 3.20 while providing Baffert with his leader meeting 15e victory stake.
“Last time around I should have won the race, but in the stretch I struggled a bit,” said Cedillo. “My agent told Bob that there was a stake ahead and to let me drive him back. I think (the start) affected my horse a bit because it took me a little wide, but thank God I put him in a perfect position. I just followed the speed (Jimmy Irish) and in the stretch I had a lot of horses.
Owned by Double L Racing and Natalie Baffert, Hudson Ridge, who has raced on turf in four of his five starts, racked up $ 60,000, increasing his winnings to $ 75,140.
Irish-bred Sword Zorro, the second pick in the 9-5 bet, was free of any trouble at the break as he was positioned inside the erratic Jimmy Irish. From there he fell into what seemed like a perfect trip, as he threatened three wide and plenty of leads to get home, but fell short of the winner. Ridden by Umberto Rispoli, Sword Zorro, who finished 2 ¼ lengths ahead of Airman, paid $ 3.60 and $ 2.40.
Airman, who broke off the rail with Juan Hernandez, started 4-1 and paid $ 2.60 to show while a tiring Jimmy Irish finished fourth, 2 ¾ lengths in arears.
Hubris, the 8-5 favorite with Flavien Prat, was harshly criticized at the break and although he finished second in the first corner, he fell back easily as the field returned to the rear and was relieved at five stages. of the House.
The stroke fractions were 23.49, 48.07, 1: 13.50 and 1: 37.66.
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