01/12/2014 8:44PM

Santa Anita: Golden Production wins Paseana Stakes by a head

Benoit & Associates
Golden Production (No. 4), ridden by Martin Pedroza, beats Stanwyck by a head in the Paseana Stakes on Sunday.

ARCADIA, Calif. – Golden Production was taken for $40,000 the first time she showed up in a claiming race back in October, hasn’t been in a claiming race since, and likely won’t be for a while now, if ever, following a stakes victory Sunday at Santa Anita in the $80,950 Paseana.

Golden Production ($20.80) went off as the second-longest shot in the six-horse field and showed impressive grit to turn back a late bid from Stanwyck and prevail by a head in the 1 1/16-mile race for older fillies and mares. Halo Dolly was another 1 3/4 lengths back in third.

Miss Serendipity, the 2-1 favorite, Irish Presence, and Rock and Glory completed the order of finish.

With jockey Martin Pedroza aboard, Golden Production was timed in a pokey 1:44.34 on the fast main track.

Golden Production had won once in seven starts before being dropped into a claiming race here in October. According to trainer Peter Miller, owner Myron Miller – no relation to the trainer – suggested claiming Golden Production. She won that day, won a first-level allowance for her new connections at Hollywood Park in November, stepped up to a second-level allowance and won at Hollywood in December, and then won the Paseana, her fourth straight win and her third for the Millers.

“She was out of conditions, so it was either a high-priced claiming race or try these races,” Peter Miller said. “I think we’ll stick with these races now. We’ll try and run in some of these types of races to see if she belongs. I realize this wasn’t the top level. It was one step down.”

Golden Production, 5, a mare by Exchange Rate, has won five times in 11 starts.

Joe Talamo had ridden Golden Production in all 10 of her prior starts, both for Miller and original trainer Ron Ellis. He opted to take the call on the better-regarded Warren’s Veneda for the Paseana, and Pedroza picked up the mount on Golden Production. Talamo, however, was left in the jockeys’ room when Warren’s Veneda was scratched Sunday morning.

The stakes win was the second of the weekend for Pedroza, who won the San Pasqual on Saturday with Blueskiesnrainbows.

Ian GW More than 1 year ago
Does anybody know when or if SA will have a playable pick 5. Each day they run its 5 6 or 7 in all 5 legs. When they started last year had 14 and a huge pick 5 to play into. I know they have a long meet but is it going to be this way all the time? If so, Id move the pick 5 to last 5.
Gerardo Helguera More than 1 year ago
Even with small fields the pick 5 pays well. Yesterday Midnight Hawk closed out the pick 5 and it payed over a thousand.
Lawrence Macselwiney More than 1 year ago
The pick 5's have been OK. Its the pick 4's that are suffering with small fields for the feature race and maybe a 2nd level alw with 7 horses as well. The last leg usually fills.
Lawrence Macselwiney More than 1 year ago
Had $20.00 to win on her today. Broke my string of second place finishes on spot plays this month. Nice ride by Martin. I thought Gary rode the favorite bad. She will be tough second out.
Joe Rockhold More than 1 year ago
Also has some cash on this horse but had more money invested in exacta's and tri's keying her and Rock and Glory in the 1st 2 slots. Stevens ruined that plan though when he put that import right on the lead which I didn't see happening. Why gun that horse when you've got a confirmed frontrunner in the race to your outside? That was a Nakatani move and I thought Stevens was smarter than that.