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Tuesday, March 13, 2018

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STANLEY FINDLAY STEPS INTO THE WINNERS' ENCLOSURE

Veteran trainer Stanley Findlay was able to score his first win of the season when Dick Cardenas piloted his four-year-old bay filly Benediction to victory going nine furlongs (1,800m).

It was Benediction's first start of the season having last raced on December 23, 2017.

Benediction was out of the gates quickly, shot into the lead and then began to open up on the field with every stride.

Reloaded (Richard Lunan) chased from second with Goodbloodbadblood (Phillip Parchment).

Benediction continued to lead her eight other rivals at a merry clip, skipping away by four lengths at the half-mile (800m) as Raksha (Jodeien Anderson) went in serious chase ahead of Proud Of Nuclear (Rayan Wilson).

With still no challenger turning for home, Benediction went on to win by five lengths over Colt Of Arms (Linton Steadman) and Dada's Nala (Shane Ellis) in a time of 1:55.0.

EIGHT HORSES CLAIMED ON SATURDAY

Veteran trainer Stanley Findlay was able to score his first win of the season when Dick Cardenas piloted his four-year-old bay filly Benediction to victory going nine furlongs (1,800m).

It was Benediction's first start of the season having last raced on December 23, 2017. Benediction was out of the gates quickly, shot into the lead and then began to open up on the field with every stride.

Reloaded (Richard Lunan) chased from second with Goodbloodbadblood (Phillip Parchment).

Benediction continued to lead her eight other rivals at a merry clip, skipping away by four lengths at the half-mile (800m) as Raksha (Jodeien Anderson) went in serious chase ahead of Proud Of Nuclear (Rayan Wilson).

With still no challenger turning for home, Benediction went on to win by five lengths over Colt Of Arms (Linton Steadman) and Dada's Nala (Shane Ellis) in a time of 1:55.0.

GREAT MANIPULATOR, ADORING LADY COME HOME — EQUIPMENT CHANGE THE DIFFERENCE

Great Manipulator, owned and trained by Donovan Plummer, and Adoring Lady, trained by Fitznahum Williams, were able to release their maiden tags on the 10-race programme at Caymanas Park on Saturday.

After 21 attempts and a change of equipment, Great Manipulator won over the five-straight (1,000m) course. Ridden by Linton Steadman, Great Manipulator, with the cheek pieces off and the blinkers on, made every post a winning one, cruising home by two lengths over Lady Budget (Jerome Innis) and Kingonamission (Osive Donegal) in a time of 1:03.4.

Adoring Lady also vaulted to the non-winners of two slot with a change of equipment over the fivestraight (1,000m) course as well. With the figure 8 on, Adoring Lady (Doushane Gordon) showed some early dash with Prince Malik (Richard Lunan) for the first two furlongs (400m) of the race.

However, passing the dummy rails and drifting to the stand rails, Adoring Lady began to draw away from rivals to win by two and three quarter lengths in 1:03.1. Fourthousand (Oneil Beckford) was second and Son Of Spartacus (Dane Dawkins), third.

A 'GOLDEN' DOUBLE FOR WILLIAMS, GORDON

The combination of owner Golden Stables, trainer Fitznahum Williams, and jockey Doushane Gordon stepped up big time on Saturday, producing a telling double on the 10-race programme.

The trio won with Adoring Lady in the second race over five-furlongs (1,000m) straight and Storm Valley in the fourth race over seven furlongs (1,400m).

Adoring Lady got a good break from the number six post and was hooked up with Prince Malik (Richard Lunan) on the front end for the first part of the race.

Adoring Lady began to draw away from rivals on passing the dummy rails and went on to win by two and three quarter lengths in a time of 1:03.1.

Fourthousand (Oneil Beckford) was second and Son Of Spartacus (Dane Dawkins) third.

Storm Valley came out of the starting gates in good order but was unable to go with Ten Carats (Wesley Henry) and had to settle in second place, with Radical (Omar Walker) racing third.

The order remained the same until approaching the final bend when Storm Valley challenged Ten Carats for the lead and the two became locked in a battle coming into the lane, with the former assuming control.

With Ten Carats refusing to give up, the grey filly pointed once more on Storm Valley inside the final furlong (200m).

Gordon continued to push Storm Valley, who proved the stronger of the two and inched away for a one-and-a-quarter length victory, upsetting at odds of 30-1.

Ten Carats did well to hold second place at 2-1, with 4-5 favourite Radical in third. The final time posted was 1:26.3.

JAVANIEL PATTERSON MAKES IT SEVEN

Jockey Javaniel Patterson, one of the apprentices who made his mark since his apprenticeship began two years ago, continues to locate the winners since the start of this season.

In 2018 up until last Saturday's race day, Patterson rode 61 times and has put six winners across the line.

On Saturday, Patterson made it winner number seven when he piloted home the Johnny Wilmottrained Minniffia in the fifth race over eight and a half furlongs (1,700m).

Aldebaran (Natalie Berger) was the first to show on the lead over Raging Prospect (Phillip Parchment) and Moneyneversleep (Dane Dawkins), with Minniffia settled in fourth spot.

Minniffia improved one spot to third running around the half mile (800m) and immediately scooped to the front, turning for home on the inside rails.

Patterson then drove home the eight-year-old chestnut mare to win by three and a half lengths.

Raging Prospect was game in second place, with Coded Secret (Oneil Beckford) in third. The winning time for the distance was 1:49.3.

ACCELERATE WINS SLOPPY SANTA ANITA HANDICAP

It would be hard to look much better than Accelerate has in his first two starts as a five-year-old.

After a trouble-filled victory in the February 3 San Pasqual Stakes (G2), Hronis Racing's chestnut son of Lookin At Lucky splashed home to his first top-level win on Saturday in the US$600,000 Santa Anita Handicap.

With an ideal stalking trip behind early leader Mubtaahij, the John Sadler-trained Accelerate took command in the final turn of the 1 1/4-mile test and kicked away from the field to win by 5 1/2 lengths.

Accelerate hit the wire in 2:01.83 under jockey Victor Espinoza on a track labelled wet fast (sealed).

“He's had some big races,” Sadler said.

“He beat Arrogate twice last year, so for him to win a (Grade 1) here at Santa Anita, at a mile and a quarter, is huge. We passed up the (Grade 1) Pegasus (World Cup) and (the) Dubai (World Cup) to run here at home.”

After setting a pace of :23.49, :47.99, and 1:12.32 through six furlongs, Mubtaahij held second by seven lengths over Fear the Cowboy.

“He ran very, very well,” said Mubtaahij's jockey, Mike Smith.

“The winner was just double-loaded, and I wasn't going to beat him today. It was his turn.”

Sadler said an advantage for Accelerate was the stalking position carved out by Espinoza, just to the outside of Mubtaahij.

“Once Victor gets this horse in a spot, we're feeling good all the way around, because we're clear,” the trainer said.

“You don't want to be the one eating all the mud, so he's nice and clear, and he's tracking... We were all sitting there with our fingers crossed and biting our tongue.

We don't get a lot of very wet tracks, so it's hard to say if your horse is going to love the surface today.”

The “Big Cap” was Accelerate's fourth graded win.

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