09/20/2014 8:01PM

Seeking the Sherif continues rise by winning Katella

Benoit & Associates
Seeking the Sherif sets a six-furlong track record of 1:08.40 in winning his first career stakes in the Katella.

CYPRESS, Calif.- Seeking the Sherif was a $12,500 claimer at Santa Anita last December when acquired by a partnership and trainer Ron Ellis.

Nearly nine months and eight races later, Seeking the Sherif became a stakes winner in Saturday’s $75,000 Katella Stakes at Los Alamitos. The 5-year-old gelding had an ideal trip under jockey Edwin Maldonado to win by 1 1/2 lengths, running six furlongs in track-record time of 1:08.40.

Since being claimed, Seeking the Sherif has won 5 of 8 starts and earned $222,700.

Seeking the Sherif ($4.40) was well-placed throughout the Katella Stakes. Maldonado had Seeking the Sherif in second on the backstretch behind Distinctiv Passion, who set early fractions of 21.45 and 43.62 seconds through the first half-mile.

Maldonado said he thought Seeking the Sherif was well-placed. He rode Distinctiv Passion in nine of his first 10 starts.

“Distinctiv Passion doesn’t relax,” Maldonado said. “I just waited and waited.”

Seeking the Sherif joined Distinctiv Passion early in the long stretch and wore down the leader in the final sixteenth to take the advantage. Distinctiv Passion held second, finishing a length in front of Spirit Rules, who was followed by Drill and Regally Soul in the field of five.

Heir of Storm was scratched early Saturday.

Seeking the Sherif was third in two sprint stakes on the Polytrack synthetic track at Del Mar over the summer – the Grade 1 Bing Crosby Stakes on July 27 and the Pirate’s Bounty Stakes on Sept. 3. Maldonado said that Seeking the Sherif struggled on that surface.

“He didn’t get a hold of it,” Maldonado said after Saturday’s win.

Seeking the Sherif, by Officer, has won 7 of 11 starts and earned $244,100.


Frank Reach More than 1 year ago
Next stop BC Sprint. I'm not sure he is good enough, but, he's earned his right to run in it. Good luck to him and his connections.
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Chris Lowe More than 1 year ago
Go away spammer, I've flagged and thumbs-downed you on every story you've invaded.
hahafunnyfunny1 More than 1 year ago
"they" avoid what? full disclosure? dude, read the pps, and get back on your meds...
FESTUS ELROY More than 1 year ago
The late owner John O'Neal had Wickerr claimed off him by Bobby Frankel.Every year Del Mar runs the Wickerr Stakes had to be salt on his wounds.I couldn't imagine the pain of losing Lava Man.ugh!
Michael von Trampe More than 1 year ago
Notice how they always avoid telling you who Ellis claimed the horse from?? That is pertinent & useful information for people who want to claim horses or even gamble. Gary Stute trained Soi Phet when L Powell claimed him and went on to win a ton of money and races. Lonnie Arterburn trained Lava Man when Oneil claimed him for $40K and the rest is history on that one as we all know. Who are the writers trying to protect here ??How about full disclosure so we can find who is lost and who is not.
Frank Reach More than 1 year ago
he was claimed from Diamond A Racing Corporation, he was trained by Gary Mandella.