Updated on 01/29/2015 1:04PM

Alert Bay survives inquiry in Cal Cup Turf Classic

Benoit & Associates
Alert Bay (right), ridden by Tyler Baze, prevails by a neck over Boozer in the California Cup Turf Classic.

ARCADIA, Calif. -- Alert Bay extended his winning streak to five races over a span of four months in Saturday’s $250,500 California Cup Turf Classic at Santa Anita.

The seven-minute inquiry needed to review the stretch run may have seemed like four months to trainer Blaine Wright, who won the richest race of his career on Saturday.

Alert Bay ($7.80) won by a neck over Boozer, who finished a head in front of Patriots Rule. The inquiry focused on the stretch run when jockey Tyler Baze moved Alert Bay to the rail with a furlong to go, forcing jockey Rafael Bejarano to take up on a fading G.G. Ryder.

The stewards ruled that G.G. Ryder was hampered, but that it did not cost that runner a better placing.  G.R. Ryder set the pace and was in fifth when Alert Bay went by. The decision not to change the order of finish was reached by a vote of 2-1, according to steward Scott Chaney.

Tyler “felt like we would stay up,” Wright said. “Myself, I sweated it out a little bit more.

“We scooted out of a tough one. He could have come down.”

Alert Bay ran 1 1/8 miles on turf in 1:47.62. He was fourth early and did not reach the front until the final strides.

Patriots Rule, who closed from ninth in the final furlong, was followed in the order of finish by Big Bane Theory, Super Ability, Awesome Return, Bench Light, G.G. Ryder, Tamarando, and Stoney Fleece.

Alert Bay, a 4-year-old gelding by City Zip, races for Peter Redekop of British Columbia. Alert Bay’s winning streak began with two Grade 3 races at Hastings Park – the British Columbia Derby and Premier Handicap - the Zia Park Derby in New Mexico and the Mathis Brothers Mile here on Dec. 26

Alert Bay has won 8 of 14 starts and earned $754,707.

“We’re on a five-race winning streak,” Wright said. “He’s taken me to a level I want to be.”


Kenny More than 1 year ago
Perez ride on Tribal.............one word................brutal
jim More than 1 year ago
Congrats to Blaine and Tyler, and also to Mark Glatt and Gary Stevens for second. All are Northwest products, who came thru Yakima Meadows to get to the top of horse racings standings. I'm proud of all of you. Blaine, the TV made you look almost as stout as me, not too long ago you were the skinny son of Richard, stay on top buddy, you deserve it. Tyler, I remember in the shedrow in dirty diapers, it looks like you have overcome your demons, and IMHO, you are the best rider in the world today, you move horses up better than anyone else, including your uncle Gary and Mike Smith. Keep up the great work on every horse you ride. The inquiry was legit, but the placing should have stood, Raphael did an overacting job on GG Ryder, if he would have continued riding, nothing would have happened to change the outcome. Had Tyler not done what he did, go thru a legitimate hole, he would not have won.
Brian More than 1 year ago
so the horse beside you is tiring, just slam him in the rail. all is fine he was not going to win anyways. pathetic ruling
tommy More than 1 year ago
Survival of the fittest!!!!!
tommy More than 1 year ago
What inquiry??? This horse won Clearly!!!! The inquiry I saw was that one horse in front of him got tired and this horse went around him the best he could!!! The other horse tried to push alert bay wide and he wanted no part of it!!! He tried to get alert bay off and he said no way, get out the way!! I ain't going wide!!! Usually they do inquire for a horse cutting off another horse, but you CANT CUT OFF ALERT BAY because HE WILL GO THROUGH YOU!!
Mickey More than 1 year ago
The stewards made the tough...but RIGHT call....there was no reason Alert Bay should have come down as there was NOT going to be a better placement of GG Ryder....(and part of my bets WERE with GG Ryder)...but I was surprised it was 2-1 and not 3-0
Gary Smith More than 1 year ago
2 years in a row the Stewards ruined what otherwise would have been great Breeders Cups.another2-1 verdict.another 7 minute inquiry,there were hundreds of cal Breeders at the races todat celebrating what should have been a great day. like the last 2 breeders Cups.the incompetant ,arrogant stewards managed to do what the do or don,t do. Every day i hear on TV ,that virtualy every broadcaster thinks that the stewards ruined what should have been a great Breeders Cup .Bejerano is very fortunate that he,s not lying in a hospital tonite,and the public ,nobody seems to care.Check out the eclipse Voters decision on 3year old and horse of the year ...the steward hurt bayern and baffert more than they helped him.Incompetent!
Quite a More than 1 year ago
I looked at the head on 5 times and the winner drifted in a few inches at the most. He maintained his path. Bejarano's horse drifted out slightly then he pulled him up severely. It would have been a tragedy if they took the winner down. The stewards made the correct decision. Mutual minor contact by both followed by an exaggerated over correction on a tired horse by Bejarano..
Andrew Young More than 1 year ago
Complete BS ruling by the Stewards. We need clear definition of what a "foul" is in California. Bejarano could have been killed.
tommy More than 1 year ago
Then he should get out the way!!! If his horse tires out he should pull him out or faced getting run over my other horses!! Survival of the fittest. I wasn't mad in breeders cup with Bayern bump but I was mad at the fact that Bayern did not cross the finish line first so he should not have won!!
tommy More than 1 year ago
He is the best turf horse so far this year!!
BearsyZoo More than 1 year ago
Yahoo! This horse is a win machine.
tommy More than 1 year ago
Best turf horse!! He will be in the exacta and definitely always be in the trifecta!!