You could just tell it was going to be a weird night after jockey Jerry Pruitt put the field to sleep with the longest shot on the board in the first race. Polar Breeze got away with fractions of 26.40, 52.40 and managed to hold on to win the 7 ½-furlong race in a sizzling (not) final time of 1:40.20.
The other three riders in the race were sleeping, but that’s nothing new here or anywhere else for that matter. What happened to jockeys who always knew how fast they were going, the ones with internal clocks in their heads? They’re not at Del Mar. They’re not a Saratoga. And they’re not here either.
Ok, back to money business.
Zdeno made quick work of five rivals in the $40,000 CTHS Sales Stakes on Friday night and 20-1 shot Ancellotta knocked everyone out of the Pick-4 in the seventh race to create a $5,501 carryover into Saturday night.
Sent off as the second choice in the Sales Stakes, Zdeno quickly moved to the lead while the other speed rated, set fractions of 23.00 and 46.40, turned back a bid from favourite Smoke Show in late turn and romped home to win by 4 ½-lengths over that one, stopping the timer in 1:14 for the six furlongs over the fast track. Jet Again finished third, 1 ¾-lengths behind Smoke Show.
It was the second win in as many starts for the $31,000 CTHS Manitoba Yearling Sale purchase, and he looks like he has the talent to win in open company. Trained by Chad Torevell for the ownership team of Barry Arnason, Al Daley, Darryl Sundsback and his breeder Cam Ziprick, Zdeno was ridden by Tyrone Nelson. The bay 2-year-old gelding by Milwaukee Brew-Silver Sonnet by Silver Deputy paid $5.40 to win and was rewarded with $24,480 for the victory.
The CTHS Manitoba Yearling Sale takes place on August 25, 2013 this year. If you’re looking for a horsey like Zdeno, you can view a full PDF of the sales catalogue here.
Jockey Renaldo Cumberbatch got the 15% Pick-4 off to a booming start in the fourth race when brought Sartorialist flying home to win and pay $48 while heavily favoured Johannesbourbon faded to last. The overlay Superfecta paid $2,972.20 and the Triactor paid $1,503.20.
Cumberbatch then followed up in the fifth race aboard another overlay, Unbridled Thoughts, who paid $10.40 to win. Vader made quick work of his field in the sixth race to get things back to normal at $3.10 on the board, but there were still less than $50 worth of live Pick-4 tickets heading into the seventh race.
The few remaining Pick-4 tickets were mostly to heavy favourite Garden Ballad ($0.50) and second choice Sharis Report ($3.80), but those two could do no better than third and fourth respectively. Instead, 20-1 Ancellotta wired the field under Chavion Chow for trainer Carl Anderson and owners Ross and Brenda McKague. And 31-1 Arvalany’s Mistake came from the clouds to take second money and explode the exotic payoffs.
The $2 Exactor paid $600, the $2 Triactor paid $5,835.20 and the $2 Superfecta paid $11,132.00. Party time for someone!
With a clock in their head.
Next Post Time for Live Racing: 7 p.m. Saturday, August 17, 2013