03/24/2012 7:07PM

Santa Anita: Dynamic Host takes Tokyo City Cup for first stakes win


ARCADIA, Calif. - Dynamic Host was claimed for $40,000 at Del Mar last summer, a purchase price that trainer Art Sherman thought would be a deal if the gelding could be competitive for $50,000.

Saturday at Santa Anita, Dynamic Host won his first stakes in the $150,000 Tokyo City Cup over 1 1/2 miles on the main track. The victory was worth $90,000 to the partnership that owns the 6-year-old, putting them firmly in the positive column for their investment. They have collected $116,840 in winnings since claiming Dynamic Host.

In the Grade 3 Tokyo City Cup, Dynamic Host ($13) closed from last in a field of eight to win by a neck over Dhaamer, the 5-2 second choice.

Ridden by David Flores, Dynamic Host was timed in 2:30.22. Second on the turn, Dynamic Host reached the front in early stretch and was fully extended to hold off Dhaamer.

"I thought he might have gotten the lead a little too quick," Sherman said. "Sometimes, he likes to hang. I was getting a little worried."

Skipshot, who led early, fell back to third, and then led again briefly on the second turn, finished third, followed by Eldaafer, Graeme Crackerjack, 9-5 favorite Twice the Appeal, Coluda, and Highway Bandit.

Twice the Appeal, the winner of the 2011 Sunland Park Derby and 10th in the 2011 Kentucky Derby, was near the front for the first mile but faded from contention through the final half-mile.

Dynamic Host, by Dynaformer, has won 5 of 27 starts and $247,528 in his career.  The Tokyo City Cup was his first stakes win, and first start in a stakes since a fifth in the Grade 2 Clement Hirsch Turf Championship last October. That race was his first start for the partnership and Sherman, who followed the gelding in Northern California last year as a potential claim.

"I thought, 'I'll take a shot,' " Sherman said. " 'If he's worth $50,000, I'll be happy.' "