Saturday, October 13, 2012
LONGSHOT OLIGARCH TAKES WATSONVILLE PURSE
ARCADIA, Calif. (Oct. 12, 2012)—Oligarch and jockey Alonso Quinonez got loose on the lead at odds of 24-1 and stole Santa Anita’s allowance feature on Friday, the $53,000 Watsonville Purse for 3-year-olds and up at 1 1/8 miles on turf. A 4-year-old Florida-bred ridgling by Congrats, Oligarch, who last started on Sept. 8 at Calder Race Course in Florida, made his Southern California debut look easy, winning by 1 ¾ lengths for new trainer Kristin Mulhall while getting the distance in 1:46.42.
Owned by Caroni Stable, Oligarch carved out fractions of 22.89, 46.72, 1:10.91 and 1:34.45. He paid $51.60, $21.40 and $12.60.
The winner’s share of $31,800 boosted Oligarch’s career bankroll to $145,096.
Although Silentio and Garrett Gomez drew to within a length of the eventual winner an eighth of a mile out, Causeithertz and David Flores came running from far off the pace to pick up place by three quarters of a length, returning $5.60 and $4.20. Silentio paid $3.60 to show.
Santa Anita presents the 23rd annual California Cup on Saturday, with a card of 10 races for horses bred in California. First post time is 1 p.m.
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