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Santa Anita: Following Conway Victory, Merit Man headed to Breeders' Cup Juvenile Sprint
ARCADIA, Calif. - Merit Man could have won Saturday’s $100,000 Tim Conway Stakes at Santa Anita by more than 5 1/2 lengths if he had paid attention through all of the six furlongs.
“He kind of pulled himself up at bit when he saw a photographer,” winning jockey Patrick Valenzuela said. “He’s a nice horse."
And a horse on his way to the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Sprint here on Nov. 2 after winning his stakes debut in the Tim Conway.
“He’s totally a sprinter,” winning trainer Bob Hess, Jr. said. “He was fluid over the dirt, which I expected. He broke more alertly, which I expected.”
Merit Man ($7.80) fought for the lead throughout the Conway and was in command in early stretch. He was timed in 1:10.56.
South Floyd, the winner of a maiden race at Fairplex Park in September, finished second, followed by No Rachmones, Zeewat, and Scherer Magic, the 6-5 favorite. Scherer Magic was just behind the leaders to the turn before fading from contention.
Merit Man races for the partnership of Bruce Chandler, Double Kee and Purple Shamrock Racing. A colt by With Distinction, Merit Man won a maiden race at Del Mar on Sept. 2 in his first start. He has earned $102,000.
The mount on Merit Man was Valenzuela’s first ride since Sept. 28. He missed a week of racing because of a sore knee.
“I’m a little sore, but I feel good,” he said after the race.
Good luck staying with Beholder in the Juvenile Sprint....She earned a 108 Beyer and looked incredible winning...
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