LAST YEAR’S GRADE III ILLINOIS DERBY WINNER TRIES GRASS FOR THE FIRST TIME IN HIS 10TH START
ARCADIA, Calif. (May 13, 2018)–Winless in five starts since winning last year’s Grade III Illinois Derby, Multiplier tried turf for the first time on Sunday at Santa Anita and provided his connections with a nail-biting nose victory under Victor Espinoza. Trained by Peter Miller, the 4-year-old Kentucky-bred colt by The Factor got a mile and one eighth over a “good” turf in 1:47.86.
Best suited as a horse who runs from of the pace, Multiplier, who was a respectable sixth in last year’s Grade I Preakness Stakes and was subsequently distanced in the Grade I Belmont Stakes four starts back, came off a fourth place finish here in a one mile allowance, in what was his third start for Miller.
“This was all Mr. Barber’s idea,” said Miller, in reference to Multiplier’s Academy Award winning co-owner, Gary Barber. “The Factor is a good turf stallion and with this horse, on this track, it’s hard to for him to run from off the pace on the dirt. It looks like he’s found a home on the turf. He’s got a lotta class and this is exciting.”
Mid-pack into and around the far turn, Multiplier wheeled four-wide turning for home and just managed to run down Beach View in a thrilling three-way photo finish.
Off at 6-1, Multiplier paid $15.40, $6.40 and $4.00.
Owned by Barber, Wachtel Stable and George Kerr, Mulitplier, who is out of the Trippi mare, Trippi Street, is now 10-3-1-2. With the winner’s share of $34,800, he now has earnings of $235,550.
Beach View, ridden by Stewart Elliott, sat a close second for most of the trip to pacesetter Ritzy A.P., gained the advantage a sixteenth of a mile out and just missed in a huge effort as he finished a neck in front of Ritzy A.P.
Off at 6-1, Beach View paid $7.80 and $5.60.
Ridden by Geovanni Franco, Ritzy A.P. finished 2 ¼ lengths clear of Twentytwentyvision and paid $4.60 to show.
Fractions on the race were 23.28, 47.70, 1:11.68 and 1:35.83.
Live racing resumes at Santa Anita on Thursday. First post time for an eight-race card is at 12:30 p.m. Admission gates open at 10 a.m.