02/07/2015 8:31PM

Finnegans Wake wins third consecutive stakes in San Marcos

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Finnegans Wake wins the San Marcos Stakes by a length Saturday at Santa Anita Park.

ARCADIA, Calif. – There is no doubt who leads California’s distance turf division this winter.

After winning the Grade 2 Hollywood Turf Cup at 1 1/2 miles Nov. 27 at Del Mar and the Grade 2 San Gabriel Stakes at 1 1/8 miles on turf Jan. 3, Finnegans Wake won his third consecutive stakes in Saturday’s $200,750 San Marcos Stakes at 1 1/4 miles on turf.

With his win, Finnegans Wake confirmed his brilliance to jockey Victor Espinoza.

“This horse is unbelievable,” Espinoza said. “He tries hard. The distance was not a problem. With the extra distance today, it was perfect.”

Finnegans Wake ($5.80) was timed in 2:00.88. The 6-year-old horse races for Donegal Racing and Rockingham Ranch and is trained by Peter Miller.

Finnegans Wake closed from last in a field of eight to catch the pacesetter Diamond Bachelor in the stretch, winning by a length. Diamond Bachelor held second but was disqualified and placed fourth for drifting out in the stretch and interfering with the fourth-place finisher Power Foot. After an inquiry, the stewards demoted Diamond Bachelor from second to fourth, resulting in the promotion of Power Ped to second and Power Foot to third.

Dynamic Sky finished fifth, followed by Little Jerry, Patrioticandproud and Majestic Harbor.

Diamond Bachelor led by more than six lengths when the field reached the stretch for the first time and set early fractions of 24.01 seconds for the opening quarter-mile and 48.27 for a half-mile. Diamond Bachelor, the 46-1 longest shot on the field, led by eight lengths after six furlongs. The lead began to diminish on the turn and was down to two lengths with a furlong remaining.

Espinoza said he thought Finnegans Wake would have little difficultly catching Diamond Bachelor in the final sixteenth.

“I felt like I could catch him anytime I wanted,” Espinoza said.

Finnegans Wake joined Miller’s stable in late summer, having previously been trained by Dale Romans. Last November, Finnegans Wake finished 10th behind Main Sequence in the Breeders’ Cup Turf here Nov. 1.

He has not lost since.

mark More than 1 year ago
Poor Diamond Bachelor who runs the race of his life but gets DQd for blatant interference at the sixteenth pole. A very nice animal but too bad he's in the hands of Mr. Cobra Venom, who should never get another racetrack license, not even as a hotwalker. But just like all the other dopers, cheats, etc., he keeps getting licensed and continues to ply his trade as the public continues to get deceived and has their money pilfered out of their pockets.The list of cheat trainers, crooked veterinarians, buzzer wielding jockeys, etc. is endless, and the bottom line is they ALWAYS get a second chance, third chance, and so on.Wake up horse racing, You are a dying sport and other than theobvious competition from slots and casinos, the number one reason is lack of trust by the public, something that has eroded exponentialy over the years to the sad point it is now. We have the Triple Crown right baround the corner, but I wonder how many more years horse racing has left. I love this sport and have been in it since 1968, and it is holding on by a thread.
mike More than 1 year ago
How much money did you lose on Diamond Bachelor........did you have him to place??? Show?? The ranting only starts when people lose money.
Larry Kaufman More than 1 year ago
you should know