FAVORED LI’L GRAZEN MUCH THE BEST IN WINNING $63,000 SANTA ANITA ALLOWANCE FEATURE BY 2 ¼ LENGTHS AS SHE GETS 5 ½ FURLONGS IN 1:04.23
LEADING MAN PRAT COLLECTS HIS THIRD WIN OF THE DAY ABOARD MILLER ‘RE-CLAIM’
ARCADIA, Calif. (April 11, 2021)–Heavily favored at 3-2, trainer Peter Miller’s Li’l Grazen made short work of eight rivals as she rallied for an impressive 2 ¼ length win in Sunday’s $63,000 Santa Anita allowance feature. Ridden by Flavien Prat, who collected his third win of the day, the 7-year-old chestnut mare by Grazen got 5 ½ furlongs in 1:04.23.
Breaking alertly from her number eight post position, Li’l Grazen was unhurried early but pulled herself into contention heading to the far turn. A joint fifth and on the move while about four lengths off pacesetter Liberalism, Li’l Grazen never looked a loser as she steamed four-wide turning for home and took command with a furlong to run.
“It’s nice to get back on her,” said Prat, who last rode her to a 7 ¾ length California-bred allowance victory on Aug. 22, a race in which she was claimed out of for $20,000. “She does everything right and she’s so professional, she knows what to do.”
Re-claimed for $20,000 by Miller out of a third place finish in a Cal-bred allowance optional claimer on March 5, Li’l Grazen was the 3-2 favorite amongst Cal-breds today and paid $5.00, $3.20 and $2.80.
Owned by Chad Littlefield and Rockingham Ranch, Li’l Grazen, who is by Grazen and is out of the Touch Gold mare Cherry Gold, provided Miller with his 28th win of the meet, putting him three behind Phil D’Amato and Bob Baffert. Prat, who tripled with one race remaining, bagged his 85th win, 34 better than Juan Hernandez on day 48 of the Winter/Spring standings.
With the winner’s share of $37,800, Li’l Grazen increased her earnings to $267,431 and improved her overall mark to 33-6-7-4.
Doug O’Neill’s Homehome overhauled Liberalism late to finish second by one length. Ridden by Alexis Centeno, Homehome was off at 10-1 and paid $8.00 and $4.60.
Speedy Liberalism, with Edwin Maldonado up, was off at 6-1 and paid $5.80 to show.
Fractions on the race were 22.16, 45.68 and 57.79.
In a racing rarity, two horses were claimed out of Sunday’s third race, a maiden $100,000 claimer for 3-year-olds at six furlongs. The winner, Barraza, who was trained by Bob Baffert, was haltered by Vladimir Cerin for owners Holly and David Wilson. And the runner-up, first-time starter Doncic, went from Andrew Lerner to John Sadler and owner Hronis Racing, LLC.
Racing resumes with another two-day week on Saturday at Santa Anita, with first post time at 1 p.m.