ARCADIA, Calif. (Feb. 10, 2018)–Winless since December 26, 2015, the Dan Hendricks-conditioned Om took charge early and never relinquished his advantage in what appeared to be the best performance of his life in taking Saturday’s Grade III, $100,000 Thunder Road Stakes by a half length at Santa Anita. Ridden aggressively by Flavien Prat, Om got a flat mile on turf in 1:33.54 and with the winner’s share of $60,000, he became racing’s newest millionaire.
Breaking from the outside in a field of six, he out-footed favored Blackjackcat into the first turn and opened up what looked like a nine-length advantage at the half mile pole. Heading into the far turn, it appeared Om was going to be swallowed up by an on-rushing Bowies Hero and the favorite, but he seemed to find another gear turning for home and would not be denied in a spectacular effort.
Winless in his last 12 starts, Om was an even fourth in a minor stakes going 6 ½ furlongs down the hillside turf course Jan. 1. A 6-year-old full horse by Munnings, he was off at 9-2 and paid $11.40, $4.80 and $3.40.
Owned by the Sareen Family Trust, Om, who’s last win came in Santa Anita’s Grade II Mathis Brothers Mile, improved his overall mark to 23-6-5-6. With the winner’s share, his earnings stand at $1,001,645.
Ridden by Corey Nakatani, Bowies Hero outran Blackjackcat around the far turn and appeared to many observers to be a cinch for the win, but had to settle for second, as held off the late run of Next Shares by a head.
Off at 2-1, Bowies Hero paid $3.40 and $3.00.
Ridden by Rafael Bejarano, Next Shares rallied from last and finished 2 ¾ lengths in front of Tequila Joe. Off at 5-1, Next Shares paid $4.00 to show.
With no apparent excuses, Blackjackcat finished a well beaten fifth under Kent Desormeaux.
Fractions on the race, all set by the winner, were 22.58, 45.75, 1:10.11 and 1:21.77.