ARCADIA, Calif. (April 20, 2017)–Harris Farms’ homebred Record Highs broke sharply, pressed the pace throughout and gamely held sway late in winning Thursday’s $56,000 Santa Anita allowance feature by a half length while covering 6 ½ furlongs down the track’s hillside turf course in 1:14.53. Ridden by Tyler Baze and trained by Carla Gaines, Record Highs, a 4-year-old California-bred gelding by Heatseeker out of the multiple stakes winning High Brite mare Super High, notched his second win from 11 career starts.
“He dug in and ran like his momma today,” said Baze, who guided Record Highs to a fourth place finish down the hill on March 24. “He showed a lot of heart when that other horse (7-5 favorite, Heat) came to him. He ran great.”
Off at 7-1 in a field of nine California-bred or sired older horses, Record Highs paid $16.00, $5.20 and $4.00.
With the winner’s share of $33,600, Record Highs, whose dam banked $669,668, increased his earnings to $114,840.
Ridden by Corey Nakatani, favored Heat was unhurried early, found a seam while three deep at the dirt crossing turning for home but proved second best on the day, finishing one length in front of Los Gatos. Off at 7-5, Heat paid $3.20 and $2.60.
Los Gatos, who was ridden by Rafael Bejarano, was off at 9-2 and paid $4.00 to show.
Fractions on the race were 22.43, 45.29 and 1:08.47.
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