The daughter of Ghostzapper, ridden by Martin Garcia, shook off early tormentor Hidden Passion heading into the far turn with the rider virtually motionless following early fractions of 22.02 and 44.52. Contested hastily drew clear under a hand ride.
“This is a real nice filly,” trainer Bob Baffert said in the winner’s circle. “It’s good for the owner because it’s going to be a happy home tonight.” Contested is owned by Natalie J. Baffert, wife of the Hall of Fame conditioner.
The Titanic Purse victory followed a 6 ½ length win at Santa Anita on Oct. 2 of last year when Contested broke her maiden at six furlongs in 1:08 4/5 after a half-length setback in her first start.
The winning purse of $39,000 lifted Contested’s earnings to $78,600. With no show wagering, she paid $2.60 and $2.10. The place price on Hidden Passion was $4.
In the day’s ninth and final race, the Super High Five, which requires bettors to pick the first five finishers in exact order, paid $4,061.10. There were 56 winning tickets. Coupled with a carryover of $47,897 from Saturday, $235,533 was bet today for a total Super High Five pool of $283,130.
Following three dark days, Santa Anita will commence the concluding week of its winter/spring season on Thursday with an eight-race program that gets underway at 1 p.m.