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Rich Tapestry runs down Goldencents in 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.”
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.”
Great video here. Goldencents looked great. He wasnt tiring. Hes wining the Mile again.
This race will only help Golencents win the BC Mile.
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)
The 1 & 2 finishers both ran huge. IT was a great race.
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.
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?
6 to 5 on Secret Circle? Did everyone miss where Baffert said he is using this race as prep!
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.
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.