Mico Margarita's victory in the $150,000 Carry Back S. (G3) at Calder Race Course highlighted a stellar day for Run Away and Hide, who also got hissecond stakes winner on the day when the 2-year-old filly Look Quickly took the $50,000 Juan Gonzalez Memorial S. at Pleasanton Fair.
At Calder, Mico Margarita stalked the pace in third for most of the race while R Free Roll and Rockyshomerun battled for the lead. At the eighth pole, Mico Margarita drew away from the pack to strike the wire a 4 1/2-length victor in 1:10.97 for the six furlongs.
“I knew my horse had a chance; my horse is a nice horse,” said winning jockey Ricardo Santana, Jr.
“The horse on the rail (favorite R Free Roll) broke bad but he got where he needed to be,” said winning assistant trainer Scott Blasi. “Ricardo got into good position and our horse is improving. It set up perfectly for him. He’s a rapidly improving horse; there will be exciting races in his future.”
Owned by Ron Kirk and Greg McDonald, 3-year-old Mico Margarita was making his first stakes start since finishing third in the $100,000 Breeders' Cup Juvenile Turf Sprint Preview last November. His career mark now stands at 3-2-3 from 10 starts, earning $210,775.
At Pleasanton Fair in California, Look Quickly proved a length and a quarter the best in the Gonzalez Memorial going 5 1/2-furlongs. The bay filly, bred, owned and trained by William Morey, pressed the pace in third before catching early leader Side Letter in deep stretch to prevail.
Look Quickly is unbeaten in two starts, earning $63,260. She broke her maiden a month ago at Golden Gate Fields.
And at Prairie Meadows, first-time starter Never Hide destroyed a field of 2-year-old maidens by 7 3/4-lengths, saving ground around the turn, then swinging out into the stretch to be much the best in the five furlong maiden special weight contest.
Never Hide was bred by Run Away and Hide Syndicate and High Point Bloodstock. The chestnut juvenile is out of the stakes-placed mare Worldly Gal.
Second-crop sire Run Away and Hide, a multiple-graded stakes winner at two, ranks in the top 15 among all sophomore sires. His 2013 progeny earnings are approaching $600,000.