O'Neill, Gutierrez team up to win Santa Anita Juvenile with Wake Up Nick
Wake Up Nick, ridden by Mario Gutierrez, wins the Santa Anita Juvenile.
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Wake Up Nick won the $125,000 Santa Anita Juvenile by three-quarters of a length Sunday.
Ridden by Mario Gutierrez, Wake Up Nick ran 5-1/2 furlongs in 1:04.28 and paid $10.80 to win.
Story to Tell finished second, and first-time starter Homer Matt was another 1-1/4 lengths back in third. Holiday Camp, the even-money favorite trained by Bob Baffert, finished last in the field of five 2-year-olds, beaten 6-1/2 lengths.
Gutierrez, trainer Doug O'Neill and owner J. Paul Reddam teamed with I'll Have Another to win the Santa Anita Derby, Kentucky Derby and Preakness two years ago. Now they're back with another talented juvenile.
"That was nice," O'Neill said. "Mario said he was a little lazy. He needs to be coerced, so once we got him up in there (between horses at the top of the lane), there was no looking back."
The victory, worth $75,000, increased Wake Up Nick's career earnings to $108,600.