Finnegans Wake wins $200K San Gabriel Stakes at Santa Anita
Finnegans Wake won the $200,000 San Gabriel Stakes by a length Saturday at Santa Anita.
Ridden by Victor Espinoza, Finnegans Wake ran 1 1/8 miles on the turf in 1:48.38 and paid $18.00, $7.20 and $5.20.
Patrioticandproud returned $11.20 and $5.20 at 13-1 odds, while Power Ped was another three-quarters of a length back in third and paid $7 to show at 26-1 odds.
Finnegans Wake went five-wide turning for home and hung on against a field of eight older horses. The victory, worth $120,000, increased his career earnings to $945,375, with five wins in 26 starts.
It was the second straight stakes win for 6-year-old Finnegans Wake, who won the 1 1/2-mile Hollywood Turf Cup by a neck at Del Mar on Nov. 27.
”He was a little confused because of (the shorter distance) so I think he sat back further than usual,” Espinoza said. ”He went nice and comfortably which worked out well, but I had to encourage him a bit to get into the race. I had to ask him early because he’s big and he doesn’t have a ton of speed.”
In the $200,000 Santa Ynez Stakes for 3-year-old fillies, Seduire won by 2 1/4 lengths for Hall of Fame trainer Jerry Hollendorfer.
Ridden by Rafael Bejarano, Seduire ran 6 1/2 furlongs in 1:15.37 and paid $10.60, $6 and $4.20 in her first graded stakes win.
Callback returned $13.40 and $7.40 at 17-1 odds, while Xoxo was another 4 3/4 lengths back in third and paid $7.80 to show.
”Seduire broke sharp from the gate,” Bejarano said. ”I was hoping she would break sharp because she likes to be on the lead and I had a bad post. She broke well so I took advantage. I got her relaxed and tried to give her a breather. When I felt pressured going into the stretch, I let her go and she showed me a big kick.”
The victory, worth $120,000, increased Seduire’s career earnings to $262,200, with four wins in seven starts.
Hollendorfer earned his third graded stakes victory and fourth overall stakes win since the meet began on Dec. 26.