Captain Scotty and jockey Abel Cedillo, proper, dangle off Flagstaff (Victor Espinoza) to win the Grade II $200,000 Palos Verdes Stakes Saturday, January 25, 2020 at Santa Anita Park, Arcadia CA.© BENOIT PHOTO

In a race diminished to 4 horses as the results of a couple of program scratches, instructor Peter Miller’s Captain Scotty went to the entrance and not seemed again as he registered a neck victory over closely liked Flagstaff in Santa Anita’s Grade II, $200,000 Palos Verdes Stakes. Ridden to victory through Abel Cedillo, who recorded his 3rd win at the day, Captain Scotty were given six furlongs in 1:09.46.

With Ax Guy scratched and scheduled to run in Sunday’s Clockers’ Nook Stakes on turf, Captain Scott broke operating from the interior and carved out splits of 22.39, 45.22 and 56.87 as Flagstaff tracked him in 2nd place. 1 / 4 mile out, Victor Espinoza used to be asking Flagstaff to get on phrases with Captain Scotty, however Cedillo had lots left within the tank and used to be now not headed till they hit the cord.

“Pete instructed me to take a look at to visit the lead, after I noticed the race used to be a two horse, two-speed form of race, I attempted to sluggish it down,” mentioned Cedillo, who had by no means ridden the 6-year-old High quality Highway gelding. “He used to be looking to run off, however I were given him to chill out lovely just right and he completed lovely just right.”

Maximum just lately 5th, overwhelmed 1 ¾ lengths through stablemate Texas Wedge within the Grade II Joe Hernandez Stakes at Five ½ furlongs on turf Jan. 1, Captain Scotty used to be off at 7-2 and paid $9.80 and $3.00 and not using a display wagering.

“We introduced him again from Kentucky (after operating 3rd in a six furlong allowance at Churchill Downs on Nov. 28) and despatched him to San Luis Rey Downs,” mentioned Ruben Alvarado, assistant to Miller. “He got here again in just right form and we determined to run him at the grass and the pony that received that day, (stablemate) Texas Wedge, got here again to win these days at Gulfstream, so he were given beat through a just right horse. He treated the grass ok, however now not just like the dust, so we attempted the principle monitor these days and we were given fortunate.”

Owned through Gary Barber and Wachtel Solid, Captain Scotty, who’s out of the Competitive Leader mare She Is Raging, registered his first graded stakes win these days and stepped forward his total mark to 13-4-4-2. With the winner’s proportion of $120,000, he larger his profits to $321,095.

Flagstaff broke alertly however used to be out-footed early and used to be a period off the winner on the quarter pole. With Espinoza doing his absolute best, Flagstaff hit his absolute best stride past due and simply overlooked in a large effort. Off at 4-5, he completed six lengths transparent of Velocity Go and paid $2.20 to turn.

Cedillo rung up his fourth winner at the day within the 9th and ultimate race and moved right into a tie atop the rider standings with Joel Rosario, who used to be away to trip these days at Gulfstream, with 16 wins every via 15 racing days.

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