Prat and Friar’s Road reunite for San Marcos triumph at Santa Anita – Horse Racing News
That was the order terms for trainer Michael McCarthy’s Friar’s Road in Sunday’s Year 2, $225,000 San Marcos Stakes at Santa Anita in Arcadia, Calif. With a steady pace, the 5-year-old horse by quality road He did just that, as he rode three deep turns home and inhaled duel leaders Bob and Jackie and Acclimate to record an emphatic 4 ¼ length win. Ridden by Flavien Prat, he covered the mile and a quarter on grass in 1:58.67.
“I was on him several times in the morning and was really happy with the way he was training,” said Prat, who hadn’t ridden Friar’s Road since finishing second on him in the of a first special weight on earth at Oaklawn Park. 10 starts on May 2, 2020. “There was a steady pace today and he was there for me when it was time to move. Pace was key today. He’s a big horse with a long stride and you shouldn’t take him too much.
Most recently runner-up, beating a nose in the 3rd-grade San Gabriel Stakes which were replaced by dirt on Dec. 26, Friar’s Road, which was ranked twice in grass-placed stakes last year, was the favorite tied in a field of five older horses and paid $4.20, $3.00 and $2.20.
“It was fantastic, a great way to end the weekend,” said McCarthy, who picked up her third victory of the encounter.
Owned by Mr. and Mrs. WK Warren, Friar’s Road, who is out of Giant’s Causeway mare My Sugar Bear, picked up her first staking win and improved her overall mark to 13-3-4-2. With the winner’s share of $135,000, he increased his winnings to $346,500.
Ridden by Jose Valdivia, Jr., Bob and Jackie, who won San Gabriel’s opening day in gate to wire fashion, were tasked with keeping Acclimate Fast Honest in the lead and tired of finishing second, a head better than Say the Word. Off at 13-1, Bob and Jackie paid $9.80 and $4.40.
Say the Word, second to last after the first half mile, made a slight bid to be third by 1 ¼ in length on Lincoln Hawk. Off at 2-1 with Umberto Rispoli, Say the Word paid $2.20 to show.
The fractions on the run were 22.69, 46.60, 1:11.09 and 1:34.98.