12/29/2012 6:39PM

Santa Anita: Avare splashes way to victory in Eddie Logan

Benoit & Associates
Rafael Bejarano and Avare go wire to wire on a wet-fast track in the Eddie Logan.

ARCADIA, Calif. - Avare took to a wet-fast track with enthusiasm on Saturday, winning his first stakes in the $77,500 Eddie Logan Stakes for 2-year-olds over a mile at Santa Anita.

The race was originally scheduled for the turf, but was switched to the main track after hours of morning rain. The surface switch resulted in the withdrawal of five of the 10 runners.

Avare ($7.60) led throughout the Logan under jockey Rafael Bejarano, drawing away in the stretch to win by 4 1/4 lengths over even-money favorite Gabriel Charles. Will True Up finished third.

Avare set fractions of 23.50 and 47.44 seconds, leading by as much as a length. A ridgling by Johannesburg, Avare finished a mile in 1:36.39.

“He (dragged) me to the lead,” Bejarano said. “I tried to get him to relax. I’ve worked this horse two or three times and he’s been amazing.”

Avare races for Majestic Racing Stable and University of Louisville basketball coach Rick Pitino’s RAP Racing. Avare has won 2 of 4 starts and $78,900. Winning trainer Doug O’Neill said Avare could be considered for leading preps to the $750,000 Santa Anita Derby, which is run on April 6.

Avare has been nominated to the Santa Anita Derby.

Kalookan Queen: Teddy's Promise finds form

Teddy’s Promise rebounded from an eighth-place finish in the Breeders’ Cup Filly and Mare Sprint to win Saturday’s $92,200 Kalookan Queen Handicap for female sprinters at Santa Anita.

Sent off as the favorite, Teddy’s Promise ran 6 1/2 furlongs in 1:14.72, pulling clear in the stretch to win by 5 1/4 lengths over Snow Fall. Great Hot finished third in the field of eight.

Ridden by Victor Espinoza, Teddy’s Promise stalked pacesetter Pink Lollipops through an early pace of 22.28 and 44.50 seconds before taking the lead in early stretch.

“A little class relief helped,” trainer Ron Ellis said. “There was no Groupie Dolls in there.”

Groupie Doll won the BC Filly and Mare Sprint in November.

Teddy’s Promise won her third stakes in the Kalookan Queen. She won the Grade 1 La Brea Stakes in 2011 and the Time to Leave Stakes at Betfair Hollywood Park last May. Owned by Ted, Judy and Samuel Nichols, Teddy’s Promise has won 7 of 20 starts and $484,981.

Ellis said that Teddy’s Promise will be pointed for the $250,000 Santa Monica Stakes for fillies and mares over seven furlongs on Jan. 26.