Galilean and jockey Umberto Rispoli, exterior, overpower Final Bango (Abel Cedillo) to win the California Flag Handicap
Coach John Sadler’s stylish Galilean in the reduction of in distance, added blinkers and survived a stewards inquiry to prevail in Sunday’s $100,000 California Flag Handicap at Santa Anita in Arcadia, Calif. Ridden by Umberto Rispoli, the 4-year-old colt by Uncle Mo was as much as nip Final Bango by a head whereas getting 5 1/2 furlongs on turf in 1:02.13.
Away alertly from his exterior publish, Galilean tracked pacesetter Mikes Tiznow and Ricardo Gonzalez into and across the far flip and was one size off of him 1 / 4 mile out. As Mikes Tiznow started to shorten stride, Galilean drifted inward some, inflicting Gonzalez to regular on the sixteenth pole and from there, Galilean was capable of outrun Final Bango late.
“Sadly, my horse did not need to swap leads and he was hanging in the entire approach,” mentioned Rispoli, who had ridden him for the primary time at Del Mar on Aug. 23. “I used to be obligated to simply journey it with him and to attempt to make him as straight as I can, however he is an enormous horse. I acquired (the win) as a result of he was the (finest) horse within the race.”
Fifth to world-class turf miler Mo Forza within the Grade 2 Del Mar Mile Handicap on turf Aug. 23, Galilean was off because the 3-2 favourite in a area of 5 California-bred or sired 3-year-olds and up and paid $5.00, $3.00 and $2.20.
Owned by West Level Thoroughbreds, Denise Barker, William Sandbrook, John Magnier, Michael B. Tabor and Derrick Smith, Galilean, who’s out of the El Prado mare Fresia, notched his sixth win, all stakes, in his twelfth profession begin. With the winner’s share of $60,000, he now has earnings of $577,098.
“He is a extremely good horse,” mentioned Sadler who took over coaching duties 5 begins again on Feb. 29, 2020. “That is the third stakes we have received with him. … He is acquired a lot class. We modified issues up immediately, operating quick, however we added blinkers and as you noticed, he is acquired a ton of pure velocity. Lengthy vary, it is thrilling as a result of these Uncle Mo’s have gotten nice stud prospects and that is very encouraging for him.
“We’re excited in regards to the new turf chute right here at Santa Anita and we’ll take a look at operating him in a stake going six and a half (furlongs) this winter. We’ll in all probability follow the state-bred program, there’s simply a lot cash there.”
Final Bango, who was additionally including blinkers in his first begin for Mark Glatt, tracked Galilean to the far flip, stored within Mikes Tiznow by the stretch drive whereas making the lead contained in the furlong pole, however could not preserve the winner protected late. Off at 9-2 with Abel Cedillo, Final Bango paid $5.00 and $3.20 whereas ending 1 1/4 lengths in entrance of Rookie Mistake.
Ridden by Mario Gutierrez, Rookie Mistake completed properly at 9-1 and paid $4.60 to point out.
Fractions on the race have been 22.71, 45.09 and 56.29.
Named for the Hello Card Ranch-bred winner of the 2009 Breeders’ Cup Turf Dash, the California Flag is for eligible California-bred or sired 3-year-olds and up and is a part of the profitable Golden State Sequence, which is sponsored by the CTBA.
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