Idol and Joel Rosario are up in the last strides to win the Santa Anita Handicap over Express Train

Although a frustrating 3rd as the heavy favorite in his last preparation, the Richard Baltas-trained Idol appeared to delight in clear cruising and a mile and a quarter, as he rallied large turning for house to win the 84 th running of the Grade 1, $400,000 Santa Anita Handicap provided by San Manuel Gambling establishment by a half length. Ridden for the very first time by Joel Rosario, Idol, a 4-year-old Kentucky-bred colt by Curlin, got the range in 2:02.46 and supplied Rosario with his 3rd successive win in the Huge ‘Cap.

Calm early as longshots King Guillermo and Tizamagician took a strong early speed, Idol was beside last, about 5 lengths off the lead heading into the far turn, Idol kicked into high equipment around the turn and was five-deep turning for house as Express Train struck the front while loaded with run under Juan Hernandez.

With Rosario using an effective hand trip, Idol had the ability to get up on the cash in a thrilling surface befitting the long storied history of the Huge ‘Cap, which was very first run in 1935.

” I understand he was running truly tough around the turn, he was large, he was far back, however Joel stated he didn’t desire any of the kickback in his face, so we took the large path,” stated Baltas, 59. “He’s a got a huge, beautiful long stride, so that’s why we were believing a mile and a quarter for sure. We required all of Joel Rosario’s power in the stretch to get him house. It was an excellent win, it’s a race you dream about winning.

” It boggles the mind, I have actually been coming here considering that I was 13 years of ages,” Baltas continued. “Prior to I even got to be a horseman, I saw all the greats run here in the Huge ‘Cap and you never ever believe that you’re gon na be here however you keep striving and God blessed you.”

3rd as the even cash favorite in the G2 San Pasqual Stakes at 1 1/8 miles Jan. 30, Idol was off at 5-1 in a field of 8 older horses and paid $12.80, $6.40 and $3.40.

” My horse enjoys this range,” stated Rosario. “I simply wished to keep him far from the rail and he managed it quickly. He reacted when it came time to run and he had some kick … I had actually never ever been on him. I enjoyed all his races and I might see he strives whenever. What a strong surface today! He ran truly huge.”

Owned by long time Baltas customer Calvin Nguyen, Idol, who runs out the A.P. Indy mare Marion Ravenwood, notched his very first stakes win in what was his 6th profession start. With the Huge ‘Cap winner’s share of $240,000, he increased his profits to $416,464 from 3 wins, 2 seconds and one 3rd location surface.

In a remarkable effort, the John Shirreffs-trained Express Train simply missed out on while completing 1 1/2 lengths in front of race preferred Maxfield. Off at 5-1, Express Train paid $5.40 and $2.80.

The Brendan Walsh-conditioned Maxfield, who delivered in from New Orleans unbeaten in 5 starts, got in the stretch four-deep while about 2 lengths off of Express Train, however could not end up with the leading 2 without any obvious reasons. Ridden by Florent Geroux, Maxfield was off at even cash and paid $2.40 to reveal while completing a half length much better than Self-reliance Hall.

Portions on the Huge ‘Cap were 22.82, 47.12, 1:12.26 and 1:37.13.

Saturday’s all sources pari-mutuel manage reached $22,744,568 on 11 races, which compared really positively to in 2015’s Huge ‘Cap Day overall of $17,486,155 on a 12-race card.

Very first post time on Sunday for a nine-race program is at 12:30 p.m.



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