10/04/2014 8:39PM

Rich Tapestry runs down Goldencents in Sprint Championship

Benoit & Associates
Olivier Doleuze gave a patient ride to Rich Tapestry in the Santa Anita Sprint Championship.

ARCADIA, Calif. - The world traveler in Rich Tapestry took to American racing easily in Saturday’s $300,000 Santa Anita Sprint Championship.

Starting in his third country this year, Rich Tapestry scored an upset win in the Grade 1 Santa Anita Sprint Championship, catching stretch leader, and 4-5 favorite, Goldencents in the final stride to win the six-furlong race by a nose. Ridden by Olivier Doleuze, Rich Tapestry ran six furlongs in 1:07.57 on a track that played quick all day.

The Santa Anita Sprint Championship is the most prestigious win for Rich Tapestry, a 6-year-old Irish-bred gelding by Holy Roman Emperor who is based in Hong Kong with trainer Michael Chang. The win gives Rich Tapestry an automatic berth for the Breeders’ Cup Sprint through the Breeders’ Cup Win and You’re In program.

“This is a lovely horse,” Chang said. “He’s easy to train. He’s won in Ireland, Hong Kong, Dubai, and now America.”

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Rich Tapestry ($16.80) was last in a field of five for the first half-mile of the Santa Anita Sprint Championship, racing about a length behind Ankeny Hill through an opening quarter mile in 21.98 seconds. On the turn, Rich Tapestry was two lengths behind Secret Circle, the winner of the BC Sprint last November, after a half-mile in 44.25 seconds.

Rich Tapestry raced on the inside on the turn and moved closer to the front into the stretch when Goldencents closed from fourth to lead by 1 1/2 lengths with a furlong remaining. Through the last furlong, Rich Tapestry caught Goldencents, taking the lead late.

Chang wanted Doleuze to keep Rich Tapestry off the pace, and make a stretch run.

“I took a chance,” Chang said. “Those were my tactics. I know they always go fast in the first quarter and in the second quarter slow a little more.

“I said to my jockey, ‘Give the horse a chance and let him finish.’ ”

Goldencents finished 1 3/4 lengths in front of 6-5 Secret Circle, who was followed by Ankeny Hill and Indexical. The Santa Anita Sprint Championship was Secret Circle’s first start since a second in the Grade 2 Palos Verdes Stakes here last February.

The narrow loss by Goldencents was a disappointment to jockey Rafael Bejarano, who rode the 4-year-old colt to a win in the Grade 2 Pat O’Brien Stakes over seven furlongs at Del Mar on Aug. 24. Bejarano said he thought Goldencents would win in the stretch.

“He was looking at the other horse,” Bejarano said. “I’m a little sad. I expected him to run to the end. When he made the lead, his ears went up. He didn’t give me everything.”

Rich Tapestry is owned by a partnership, and has won 7 of 27 starts and $1,449,533. Rich Tapestry began his career in Ireland, where he won a maiden race on the all-weather surface at Dundalk in 2010. He won two minor handicaps on dirt in Hong Kong in 2012, and won two stakes on turf there in 2013. Earlier this year, Rich Tapestry won a $200,000 stakes in Dubai on the Tapeta synthetic track and was second in the $2 million Golden Shaheen Sprint on the Dubai World Cup undercard.

Chang said that Rich Tapestry will remain at Santa Anita in the build-up to the BC Sprint on Nov. 1, and that the gelding has taken well to California in the week since his arrival.

 “He’s like an American horse,” he said. “He settled early.”





russell More than 1 year ago
Great video here. Goldencents looked great. He wasnt tiring. Hes wining the Mile again.
russell More than 1 year ago
This race will only help Golencents win the BC Mile.
Jack More than 1 year ago
Bejarano got snookered on this ride and the jock on Rich Tapestry was paying attention to how the track was playing (or listened to someone who told him it was). You can see that Goldencents was not "aware" until it was too late to re-engage. Blame the rider; that's what you're paying him for. Jack (not anon)
Walter More than 1 year ago
The 1 & 2 finishers both ran huge. IT was a great race.
Joan More than 1 year ago
RT is the real deal. Shipped everywhere, quarintened. 1 track work and if you watched his work you knew how he would run this race. No lasix, his record from Dubai. I was very impressed. This is the first year I have missed BC in 5 years, did not anticipate a surprise like this one. Besides my OTTB is named RT, gotta love him.
Kyri Freeman More than 1 year ago
This race brings up an issue with the DRF PP's: lack of information on foreign competitors. No Timeform ratings (lately no recent ratings have been showing up in any PP's; you have to go back to starts about a year ago to see them listed), no trainer or jockey statistics at all, no information on workouts. Running style and trouble lines have to be guessed at from cryptic comments. I'm not sure I would have had this horse anyway -- I liked Goldencents, who did run well -- but the lack of data is going to cause me trouble in the Breeders' Cup just like it does every year, and the way the Timeform numbers have been missing lately is going to make it even worse. Couldn't we at least get jockey and trainer stats?
Rick Berend More than 1 year ago
There are free lifetime race results for most horses available free of charge at Equibase.com. With the Breeders Cup next month @Santa Anita, it shouldn't have been too difficult to discern that a HK based trainer might have a horse he thinks deserves a shot.
Boyd Cord More than 1 year ago
toss timeform out. coming in 2nd in the golden shaheen and being shipped here 1 month before the breeder's was enough.
Robert Clayton More than 1 year ago
Those numbers are in the $13 edition
Kyri Freeman More than 1 year ago
that is helpful... I have been using the cheap ones. Thx
Chris Lowe More than 1 year ago
I watched the replays of his two Dubai races and passed on him. Big mistake!
Angelo More than 1 year ago
6 to 5 on Secret Circle? Did everyone miss where Baffert said he is using this race as prep!
David Robinson More than 1 year ago
love how bejarano wants to blame the horse for hanging after he gave him one of the worst rides ever!! breaks good, then takes back off the pace to lose his position on a track that is an inside freeway so he can try to come from off the pace and go 4-5 wide doing it. meanwhile the winner sits back on the rail and only goes wide into the stretch instead of wasting all that ground into and on the turn like bejarano did. then when they were clear, bejarano cant keep his mind on bussiness and gets nailed at the wire. like he said, it was obvious goldencents had something left. he nearly rerallied to win as it was. bad ride all around.
jon g More than 1 year ago
GC doesnt have the heart. He run 2nd alot. Berajano rode him fine
Jordan More than 1 year ago
Goldie has heart. By no means is he a fighter, but I wouldnt label him a choker or hanger or other terms used to describe horses of weak will. More to the point, I just think Goldie's not a 6 furlong horse. He's 0 for 4 at the distance. He's run well in all of those starts, but he just doesn't have the pure speed to keep his position during that first quarter of a mile.. As for Rafi's ride, it was horrible. Straight up awful. If you switch riders/rides would Goldie have beaten Rich Tappestry? I don't know. Maybe Goldie would have found another way to lose this 6 furlong race. However, Rafi's ride didn't do Goldie any favors, that's for certain.
Jordan More than 1 year ago
I agree. It was a poor ride by Rafi. However, it is also true that Goldie just can't seem to put it together at 6 furlongs; it doesn't appear to be his distance The first quarter mile of 6 furlong races seems to be just a little too quick for him, and he ends up near the back when they start the turn for home. He couldnt run down Pointsoffthebench twice last year at 6f, couldnt run down Big Macher in this year's 6f Bing Crosby, and in this race he gets run down by Rich Tappestry.
jim lefferts More than 1 year ago
Richard you are spot on. It's remarkable that in a 5 horse race with a great rail that Bejarano chose to go widest of all. Even in the stretch run he allowed the winner to get inside of him. The trip was clearly the difference in the race.
paul whoever More than 1 year ago
We always read all the great things about these shippers AFTER they win the race at boxcar odds. Even though there are some subtle clues to the horse's ability (the superior Timeform ratings -- last year! -- and the fact that the same jockey has followed the horse all over the world), horse players are still usually left in the dark about the shippers and can only bet -- or not bet -- blindly because there is no context within which to analyze the PPs. This type of wagering crapshoot is one reason why the races appear to be gamed. Where was a DRF reporter who could/should have been on top of this shipper? As soon as the race entries were made available, the trainer should have been interviewed -- BEFORE the race -- so the public can get a glimpse as to why this horse is entered in this race.
Neil More than 1 year ago
They were. Where were you? Either you are reading the wrong materials or you weren't in tune with the articles posted because this guy was featured Tuesday or Wednesday before the race. Either here or bloodhorse.com.
Amy Hurley More than 1 year ago
Not to mention you should have been watching tv, specifically HRTV, on which Christina Blacker was all over Rich Tapestry Loved his appearance, training, etc., and mentioned this several times. There are clues, you just have to decide how you weigh the various factors. No carping because a winner wasn't handed to you on a silver platter, unless you want to constantly cash $2.20 tickets.
Dick Brasher More than 1 year ago
Wow,you hit it on the head in every angle,without going on and on!Good job!
Nicholas Miller More than 1 year ago
So here's here's a couple keys to betting shippers and it doesn't matter what the trainer says either before after or during the race. Reed the comments of all his races. You normally see things like stayed on or maybe traffic trouble in close loses and rallied well and very good run in wins. My second clue is when the jockey does travel it Def isn't to travel and run last and lose by 10lengthes. My last and most important clue would be post race ratings and running times. All euro tracks are up hill so slow times are the norm even for the best horses. So if the horse consistently gets high post race ratings it normally translates well here in the states.
jim lefferts More than 1 year ago
I was with you until the all European tracks are uphill comment. They are not. Their times are most influenced by the condition of the turf. The softer/heavier the slower.
Ann More than 1 year ago
But there are a significant number of major British tracks that have uphill finishes - Ascot, Sandown, and Epsom, for example.
Pagani Zonda More than 1 year ago
Pagani Zonda More than 1 year ago
Jim MANY tracks in Europe finish uphill. That did animal Kingdom in.
Jack More than 1 year ago
Pagani... you're right about the Euro Tracks finishing uphill. Animal Kingdom did fairly well on the Poly at Dubai, yes? Even Kentucky Downs appears to finish uphill, or; so it appears to me on the TV (which is not easy to follow from the camera angles. Jack
BobbyPS11 More than 1 year ago
Animal Kingdom was done in because he faced legit world class turf milers. DWC run on tapeta means zilch. Several of the recent winners have never won another race, let alone a group 1. That is why Dubai Racing removed the tapeta, a better class of horse will show up.
Chad mc rory More than 1 year ago
Want some cheese with that whine? The story was out even here in North Carolina.
Chris Lowe More than 1 year ago
North Carolina? My daughter is attending grad school at UNC Greensboro. You have my sympathy.