Worth Repeating Takes Tokyo Cup
WORTH REPEATING TAKES TOKYO CUP
Going farther than he ever had before, Worth Repeating turned back the strong bid of Honour the Deputy in deep stretch for his first stakes win in the $100,000 Tokyo City Cup (gr. III) at Santa Anita March 26.
The 5-year-old homebred son for B Wayne Hughes' Spendthrift Farm tallied by a half-length in an 8-1 upset, completing the 1 1/2-mile distance in 2:29.23 over a fast track. This was the first start on a dirt track in 19 races for the son of Giant's Causeway who is out of the A.P. Indy mare Lady Nichola.
Martin Pedroza, returning from a hard fall two races earlier when his mount Brenthurst broke down, got the victory for trainer Richard Mandella.
“In my country (Panama) they teach you not to be scared in the jockey school," Pedroza said. "What we do is very dangerous and we just take it a day at a time. If you fall you just have to bounce back and forget about it. If you keep it in the back of your head you won’t be successful. When I went down today and I didn’t break a bone, I knew I was good to go.”
Just five contested the Tokyo City. Worth Repeating tracked the pacesetter Arcodoro closely along the inside through a half-mile in :49.45 and the mile in 1:38.69, popping his head in front on the final turn. He led by one length at the quarter pole.
Worth Repeating kicked clear to a two-length advantage mid-stretch and staved off the late charge of Honour the Deputy. The latter, saving ground for Corey Nakatani, angled out for a four-wide bid into the stretch and charged home willingly but was unable to get past the winner, who got the job done under strong urging from Pedroza.
"He was very game," said Seth Semkin, speaking for the Hughes team on behalf of Mandella, who was in Dubai with Champ Pegasus. "Richard had always felt if this horse could run over a long distance of ground, he’d be pretty tough, because he’s a grinder. He just gallops and gallops, and he always wanted to give him a try."
Spurrier was 1 1/2 lengths farther back in third with Martin Garcia aboard, edging 17-10 favorite Soul Candy for third by three parts of a length. Arcodoro trailed.
Worth Repeating earned $60,000 for his third career win, boosting his bankroll to $199,440. Third in last summer's Del Mar Handicap (gr. IIT), the bay horse was coming off a runner-up finish in a $62,5000 claiming event on the Santa Anita turf March 3. Fifteen of his prior races have been on grass.
“I rode this horse before (in the Del Mar Handicap) and this is the kind that once you ride it, you fall in love with it," Pedroza said. "He ran good and Richard (Mandella) was very happy. But Richard has his own riders and I was hoping to hook up with this horse again someday in the future. Today was the day."
The winner carried 118 pounds and paid $18.20, $5.60, and $3.20. Honour the Deputy, the 120-pound top weight for trainer Jerry Hollendorfer, returned $3.80 and $2.60 and completed a $53 exacta. Spurrier, from the Bob Baffert barn, was $2.60 to show in his first start since running eighth in the Santa Anita Handicap (gr. I) March 5.
Hollendorfer scratched Rendezvous.
by Jack Shinar
On the California worktab
Multiple Grade 1 winner FLUKE (Brz) (Wild Event), victor of the Frank E. Kilroe Mile (G1) and Thunder Road H. (G3) in his two starts thus far this season, breezed five-eighths in 1:01 1/5 on the Cushion Track at Hollywood Park Sunday. He might ship east for the April 15 Maker's Mark Mile (G1) at Keeneland.
Grade 2 heroine ST TRINIANS (GB) (Piccolo), fourth in the Santa Margarita Invitational (G1) last out, logged four furlongs in :49 2/5.
COZI ROSIE (Pleasantly Perfect), who captured the Buena Vista H. (G2) last out following a nine-month layoff, traveled three-quarters in 1:13 4/5.
Santa Monica S. (G1) runner-up GILDED GEM (Smarty Jones) turned five furlongs in 1:00.
C. B. Afflerbaugh S. winner CELESTIC NIGHT (Vindication) worked six furlongs in 1:13 3/5 under Joe Talamo, after which trainer Mike Mitchell said his dark bay charge is possible for the April 9 Santa Anita Derby (G1), depending on how he fares after one more workout.
"We claimed him for grass races at Hollywood, but with the Will Rogers and Cinema gone, we thought we'd take a look at the Derby here," Mitchell said.
Grade 1-placed San Pedro S. star INDIAN WINTER (Indian Charlie), third but placed second in the Turf Paradise Derby last out, drilled seven furlongs in 1:23 4/5 on Santa Anita's fast main track. Dan Ward, assistant to trainer Jerry Hollendorfer, termed the move "sensational" for the Santa Anita Derby hopeful.
Grade 2 winner WASHINGTON BRIDGE (Yankee Gentleman), fourth in the Santa Ana S. (G2) and Santa Maria S. (G2) in her two starts this year, clocked a half in :48.
Daytona S. (G3) third REGALLY READY (More Than Ready), hero of the Joe Hernandez S. last out, breezed four furlongs in :51 4/5.
Multiple Grade 2-placed stakes victress LILLY FA POOTZ (Gilded Time), most recently third in the Santa Ana, sped a half-mile in :47 3/5.
Grade 2-placed multiple stakes queen U R ALL THAT I AM (Valid Wager), unplaced in the Kalookan Queen H. when last seen in January, posted six panels in 1:13 4/5.
Up north at Golden Gate Fields, Grade 2 hero BOLD CHIEFTAIN (Chief Seattle), runner-up in an allowance to start the year, motored a half-mile in :50 2/5 on the Tapeta.
Grade 1 runner-up and dual stakes winner ANTARES WORLD (Decarchy), second by a neck against allowance rivals most recently, worked four furlongs in :50 2/5.
Real Good Deal S. scorer GOGGLES MCCOY (In Excess [Ire]), an allowance winner last Sunday, toured four furlongs in :49.
Four-time stakes winner LADY RAILRIDER (Ride the Rails), fourth in the Sunshine Millions Distaff and victress of her past two against allowance competition, covered a half in :51 3/5.
Grade 3-placed stakes victor POSSE POWER (Posse), fifth in his two allowance tries this season, logged four panels in :49.
Allowance winner OFFLEE WILD BOYS (Offlee Wild) clocked a bullet three-quarters in 1:13 2/5 in advance of the Santa Anita Derby.
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