Definitely beaten by Straight up G when they last met, Red Baron’s Barn and Rancho Temescal’s Quick Draw Munnings turned the tide on his highly rated rival on January 15 at Santa Anita Park in the $200,000 California Cup Derby, winning by a neckline.
Ridden by Drayden Van Dyke, Fast Draw Munnings, a colt bred in California by the Kentucky stallion Munnings , ran 1 1/16 miles in 1:46.99. He became the third Stakes winner of the year for Munnings after earlier victories in the Smarty Jones Stakes of fast attack and Sir Alred James in the Holiday Cheer Stakes.
The California Cup Derby was the first of five stakes at Santa Anita on Saturday, all for state breeders.
The seeds of Straight Up G’s defeat were sown early, as Ghost of the Highlands , under Flavien Prat, took the lead from his rail post position with Straight Up G catching him by intervals of :23.56 and :48.01, At turn two the favorite looked set to take the controls with six stadia in 1:13.52, but Fast Draw Munnings was also shooting from a stalking position at this point.
“The main thing was to hope that someone goes with the favourite, I mean that horse came off with an easy lead last time and we thought if someone goes with him I told Drayden to make sure he got a good jump out of there and be right back,” trainer Jeff Mullins said. “It worked, the one horse went with the favorite and I think that kind of softened it up and gave us the opportunity to sort things out.
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“It’s kind of a waiting game most of the time, so we’ll just enjoy the moment now and see what happens for him. Obviously, he’s quite versatile. I think he can do a trick, two rounds and he can even like turf. . With those kind of Cal-breds you have to jump wherever you can and I think he’s proven he can.”
Bred in California by Glenn Porter, Fast Draw Munnings ($10.40) is the first colt in the Bedford Falls big Zuzu Petals . The six-time winning dam, also as a yearling filly by Classic Empire .
A first winner of the first outing traveling 5 1/2 furlongs to Los Alamitos Racetrack On September 17, Fast Draw Munnings was most recently third, beaten 5 1/4 lengths by the winner of the Straight Up G wire gate in the one-mile King Glorious Stakes against State Breeders on December 12 at Los Alamitos.
In his fourth career start, Fast Draw Munnings picked up his first putt win and second overall victory. He increased his earnings to $170,600.
Straight Up G was brave in the loss, finishing 3 1/4 lengths ahead of third place finneus .
“I knew it was going to be a good fight because (Straight Up G) started when I asked my horse to go, but my horse dug in,” said winning rider Drayden Van Dyke. “I’ve always loved this horse, he’s a tough-headed horse, he doesn’t give his all but he showed what he could do today and I’m proud of him.”
Aligato wins the Unusual Heat Turf Classic at Santa Anita Park
Later on the card, Double L Racing’s spark unleashed an impressive kick to win the Unusual $200,000 Heat Turf Classic presented by City National Bank to win by moving away by 1 3/4 length. Ridden by Flavien Prat, the 5-year-old gelding of The joy of the kitten ran the 1 1/8 miles on a firm grass course in 1:48.29. He is trained by Mark Glatt.
Legs galore , trained by Phil D’Amato and a homebred for William Sims, notched another $150,000 Sunshine Millions Filly and Mare Turf Sprint Sprints presented by John Deere victory when she cleared by 2 1/4-lengths under Ricardo González. 5 year old child bavaria the mare covered about 6 ½ furlongs on the Santa Anita hillside turf course in 1:12.99.
The breeding of Alfred Pais Brickyard Tower went wire to wire in the $150,000 Don Valpredo California Cup Sprint Stakes after winning the 2021 edition of the race last year the same way for trainer Craig Anthony Lewis. The 5 year old son of Walk to the clubhouse , driven by JJ Hernandez, stopped the clock in 1:09.54 for the six furlongs on a fast track and won by a 1 3/4 length margin.
Just making his second start in life, Nicholas B. Alexander’s homebred Rose Dawson rallied late to win the $200,000 Leigh Ann Howard California Cup Oaks. Trained by Phil D’Amato, the 3-year-old daughter of graze was ridden by Flavien Prat.