01/23/2016 9:12PM

Former claimer Lost Bus springs $131.20 upset in Santa Monica


ARCADIA, Calif. - Lost Bus was claimed for $32,000 at Del Mar on Nov. 19, the day she finished fourth in a one-mile turf race. It was more difficult to assess her value by dusk on Saturday.

Lost Bus ($131.20) won the first stakes of her career in the $200,000 Santa Monica Stakes at Santa Anita, a Grade 2 race at seven furlongs for fillies and mares.

Understandably, the win exceeded expectations of trainer Gary Sherlock, who trains the 4-year-old California-bred Lost Bus for Terry Lovingier.

“I was running for third and it turned out better than that,” Sherlock said.

The longest shot in the field, Lost Bus won by a head over 8-1 Finest City and had to survive an objection by jockey Corey Nakatani to retain the win. Nakatani, who rode Finest City, contended Lost Bus drifted out in the stretch and cost his mount a win. The stewards disagreed, stating the contact occurred after the wire.

“If I don’t get bumped, I win it,” said a frustrated Nakatani.

Lost Bus, who was ridden by Fernando Perez, raced near the front throughout and was timed in 1:21.78. She earned $120,000.

Perez had Lost Bus in third-place after a quarter-mile in 22.42 seconds, racing a half-length behind early pacesetter Finest City. Lost Bus led by a half-length over Finest City after a half-mile and held an advantage by that margin with a furlong to go. Finest City reduced the difference in the final strides, but could not catch Lost Bus.

“I told Fernando to go to the front,” Sherlock said.

Tara’s Tango, the 3-1 favorite, finished third. She was second early and dropped back to fifth on the turn before closing well through the stretch. Living the Life was fourth, followed by Kiss At Midnight, Room for Me, Prize Exhibit, Kyriaki, and Ben’s Duchess.

Lost Bus, a 4-year-old filly by the In Excess stallion Bring the Heat, has won 3 of 11 starts and earned $256,018. She was second and third in stakes for California-bred 2-year-old fillies at Del Mar in the summer of 2014 when trained by Blake Heap, but did not run in another stakes until she finished third in the Kalookan Queen Stakes here on Dec. 30 in her second start for Lovingier and Sherlock.

“We claimed her because Terry wanted the filly,” Sherlock said. “He wanted her for breeding down the road.”




slewofdamascus More than 1 year ago
The favorites were seriously flawed. Both Ben's Duchess and Tara had serious ? coming in. I loved Finest city in there. But it's not exactly a great feat to lose to Lost Bus. The filly/mare sprinting division is a little out of sorts in California.
Joe Rockhold More than 1 year ago
Totally agree with you - though even Finest City was coming off an 80 Beyer with no excuse. Bet Lost Bus early then had an event to attend so missed the race and had to watch it later that night. Thought I would get about the morning line of 20-1 as Lost Bus at least had some speed in a race w/out much of it and literally every horse in the race had major question marks. When I saw 67-1 later that evening my jaw dropped.
racetrackandy More than 1 year ago
ouble Crown Royal with one big ice cube at Striders. Several in fact. Just woke up, called Yellow Cab, my car was still in the lot and not towed. We had the P5 alive to 8 horses and missed. Used 2 horses in the feature. #4 and #9. Then I threw out the 9 and added the 6. Used 4 and six in the P6 and P4. Before anyone thinks I was stabbing #4 looked like the only pace. My buddy bet the 4 to win but missed the exacta cuz I tossed the #9. I didn’t bet the 4 to win and didn’t bet the race cuz I was alive in the P4. I also used the 4 in the P6 but I ran second in the first two legs. Then we went to the Venetian restaurant to see my Cousin Joe. As I said I just woke up and looked in my wallet. At least I had the P4 a few times. Such is the life of a terminal Horseplayer. I never quit, A