The longest shot in the field at 25-1, Find Your Spot, with Edwin Maldonado up, routed a group of four rivals by 1 ¼ lengths in Friday’s sixth race at Santa Anita, a $58,000 allowance for 3-year-old fillies, getting six furlongs on a surface listed as wet fast in 1:08.94.
Conditioned by iconic Pacific Northwest-based trainer Jim Penney, Washington-bred Find Your Spot was sent to the lead from post two by Maldonado through fractions of 21.83, 44.45 and 56.45 and kept 2-1 second choice D’ya Knowwhatimean at bay late to win in-hand.
Owned by Where We At, Find Your Spot, a filly by the Cherokee Run stallion Nationhood, came off a starter allowance win on Jan. 30 at Golden Gate Fields and paid $52.20, $10.80 and $11.20. With the winner’s share of $34,800, she more than doubled her earnings to $61,925.
Breaking from post one and last after the first half mile, D’ya Knowwhatimean, with Rafael Bejarano aboard, was second best, finishing 2 ¾ lengths in front of Belle of the Fleet. D’ya Knowwhatimean paid $4.40 and $5.60.
The third choice at 3-1, Belle of the Fleet was hustled from the gate and stayed with the winner to the sixteenth pole, but tired late under Joe Talamo. She finished 1 ¾ lengths in front of 4-5 favorite Midnight Dream and paid $7.40 to show.
Aside from the wet fast conditions and a driving rain, the favorite, ridden by Mike Smith, had a clean trip and no apparent excuses.
Racing resumes at Santa Anita on Saturday, with first post time for a nine-race program at 12:30 p.m. Admission gates will open at 10:30 a.m.
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