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Santa Anita: Liaison returns from long layoff to take Santana Mile
ARCADIA, Calif. - Liaison, who was sixth in the Kentucky Derby last year, won his first start since August in Sunday’s $71,500 Santana Mile at Santa Anita.
Ridden by Martin Garcia, Liaison ($9) closed from third in a field of five and held off a sustained threat from 6-5 favorite Midnight Transfer to win by a half-length. Liaison ran a mile on the main track in 1:36.36.
“He showed some fight,” trainer Bob Baffert said. “This is a good start. I think he’ll be a good handicap horse.”
Midnight Transfer finished 1 3/4 lengths in front of Tres Borrachos, who was followed by Hoorayforhollywood and Gladding in the field of five.
Prior to Sunday’s race, Liaison had not started since finishing ninth in the Grade 1 Travers Stakes at Saratoga last August. A 4-year-old colt by Indian Charlie, Liaison won two stakes as a 2-year-old at Betfair Hollywood Park – the Real Quiet Stakes and Grade 1 Cashcall Futurity.
Owned by Arnold Zetcher, Liaison has won 4 of 13 starts and $631,794.
Baffert said that Liaison displayed stiffness after the loss in the Travers, leading to the layoff.
Awesome! It's nice to see Liaison doing well again. Congratulations, Liaison, on a very fine performance in this race. You were flying, buddy. Congratulations to his connections, as well. I know it makes you happy to see Liaison flourishing again in races.
I wasn't a fan of his connections last season; specifically in the way they were forcing him into the triple crown races when it was obvious that he (as well as Optimizer) was way in over his head. That being said, I am glad that Mr. Baffert showed patience with him, prepared him for a 4yo campaign, instead of rushing him to the breeding shed, and may be rewarded for it. Always wish the horses the very best and may all of them come back home safely. Good luck to Liaison and all of his connections.
So happy to see him back in the winner's circle! Always been a fan of his. Made my heart smile seeing him win today. Looking forward to seeing him go from here into a great 4yo season.
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