HIKING LOOPS WIDE TO TAKE $58,000 SANTA ANITA ALLOWANCE FEATURE BY A HEAD UNDER BEJARANO; CALLAGHAN TRAINEE GETS 1 1/8 MILES ON TURF IN 1:48.49

first_imgARCADIA, Calif. (March 24, 2016)–Far back early, Hiking relaxed well under Rafael Bejarano and rallied six-wide turning for home en route to a head victory in Thursday’s $58,000 Santa Anita allowance feature, covering 1 1/8 miles on turf in 1:48.49. Trained by Simon Callaghan, the 5-year-old Kentucky-bred mare by First Defence, who began her career in England, got her first stateside win in her ninth try, dating back to July 25.A fast finishing third in her last two starts, Hiking was off at 9-2 in a field of 10 older fillies and mares and paid $11.80, $6.00 and $4.20.“She’s been a bit unlucky in her last few starts,” said Callaghan. “She hasn’t had the cleanest of trips, but today she relaxed well and came with a good run.”Owned by Eclipse Thoroughbred Partners, Hiking picked up $34,800 for the win, boosting her lifetime earnings to $85,305. Including eight starts in England, her overall mark now stands at 17-4-2-3.Ridden by Fernando Perez, Dressed to a T rallied from off the pace and was game for the place, finishing a half length in front of Amboseli. Off at 4-1, Dressed to a T paid $5.00 and $3.80.Amboseli, who was ridden by Mike Smith, was in tight quarters late, but there was no need for an inquiry, as she finished 4 ¼ lengths clear of longshot Stylish in Black. Off at 7-1, Amboseli paid $5.60 to show.Favored Socialized, ridden by Kent Desormeaux, was forwardly placed early but shuffled back around the far turn and finished next to last at 3-1.Fractions on the race were 22.39, 46.37, 1:10.99 and 1:36.30.First post time for an eight-race card on Friday at Santa Anita is at 1 p.m. Admission gates open at 11 a.m.last_img read more