Monday, October 26, 2009
ROSARIO RIDES BERT’S LAW TO 8-1 UPSET IN MENDOCINO PURSE
ARCADIA, Calif. (Oct. 25, 2009) – Bert’s Law, at 8-1 the second longest price in a field of seven, survived a pace battle on the front end to gamely prevail by one length over Fire Break Sunday in Oak Tree’s $48,000 Mendocino Purse at one mile over Santa Anita’s Camino Real Turf Course.
It was the first win in the last seven starts for the 4-year-old gelding trained by Ed Moger Jr. who last was victorious in a $16,000 claimer at Hollywood Park on May 30. His winning time on Sunday was 1:34.61.
Fire Break, with Bejarano aboard, finished best of the closers while nodding Blazing Spirit, with Alex Solis in the saddle, by a head for the place. Dynamic Range, the 8-5 favorite, wound up fourth.
Bert’s Law paid $19.20, $8.80 and $6.60. The mutuels on Fire Break were $8.20 and $4.80. The show price on Blazing Spirit was $4.80.
The victory was worth $31,200 to owners Curt and Lila Lanning while bringing the career earnings of Bert’s Law to $162,072 from a 5-2-4 record in 23 starts.
Following a pair of off-days, Oak Tree racing resumes on Wednesday with an eight-race program headed by the inaugural running of the $50,000 California Sky Stakes at 6 ½ furlongs over Santa Anita’s downhill turf course. First post is at 1 p.m.
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