A Bit Unlucky - Little Red Feather Race Recap (02.24.20)
Posted by Billy Koch on February 25, 2020
The Claiming or Private Purchase Fund is one of the most popular LRF Partnerships. Two holdovers from the 2019 Fund, Super Patriot and Red King, were in action over the weekend at Santa Anita.
On Saturday afternoon, SUPER PATRIOT (above) faced off against many of the best middle distance turf fillies and mares in So Cal in the G2 $200,000 Buena Vista Stakes for trainer Richie Baltas.
Claimed for a mere $35,000 during the spring of 2019, Super Patriot won back to back allowance races at Del Mar last summer and ran second in her first graded stakes attempt in the G3 Megahertz last month at Santa Anita. The 5yo CA Bred daughter of Unusual Heat was sent off as a 19-1 long shot in the Buena Vista and was ridden by Ruben Fuentes for the first time. As usual, Super Patriot lagged far behind a decent pace set by the undefeated Brazilian filly, heavily favored Jolie Olimpica (BRZ). Super Patriot was just starting to launch her bid along the inside when she was cut off by Tiny Tina, who was ultimately disqualified and placed behind Super Patriot.
Thankfully, Super Patriot came out of the race in good order and she will be back to try and get that elusive stakes victory at some point in March.
On Sunday, the Phil D'Amato trained Red King (above) was making his second start of 2020 in an allowance race at Santa Anita. Like Super Patriot, Red King was claimed for $35,000 one year ago. Since that time, Red King has been an ultra consistent performer for LRF, posting a win, two seconds, and two thirds from seven starts.
Red King was sent off as the 6-1 third choice in the wagering on Sunday and was ridden by Aaron Gryder, who had been aboard for five of his last seven races. With the rails at 20 feet and very little speed signed up, Gryder positioned Red King closer than usual, made the lead at the top of the lane, then battled all the way to the wire. He was defeated by three quarters of a length for the win and only a nose from second (Race Replay).
Red King matched his career best with an 87 Beyer Speed Figure and should return in a similar spot in March.
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