04/12/2015 8:02PM

Yiannis survives inquiry in San Pedro

Benoit & Associates
Yiannis, ridden by Victor Espinoza, pays $17.80 for winning the six-furlong San Pedro.

ARCADIA, Calif. - Yiannis won his stakes debut, and remained unbeaten after two starts, in Sunday’s $81,100 San Pedro Stakes for 3-year-old sprinters at Santa Anita. To keep the win, Yiannis had to survive a stewards’ inquiry.

Yiannis ($17.80) led throughout the six-furlong race, but drifted out in the stretch, forcing 11-1 Serbian Syclone to alter the course. Yiannis won by 1 1/4 lengths. After a lengthy inquiry, stewards Scott Chaney, Kim Sawyer, and Tom Ward ruled that the incident did not affect the order of finish.

Serbian Syclone finished 2 1/4 lengths in front of 3-5 favorite Kentuckian, who overcame traffic on the turn to finish third in the field of eight.

Yiannis was ridden by Victor Espinoza and was timed in 1:09.67. Yiannis led by a head after a quarter-mile in 21.49 seconds, and by a length after a half-mile in 44.19 seconds. Serbian Syclone closed from third and was second through the final quarter-mile.

The inquiry produced anxious moments for John Sadler, who trains Yiannis.

 “Whatever happens, he ran a good race,” Sadler said, while waiting for a decision.

Peter Miller, who trains Serbian Syclone, was left furious by the outcome.

“What a joke,” he said, walking away from the racetrack. “If that’s not a foul, I don’t know what is a foul.”

Guy Code, a 61-1 shot, finished fourth, followed by Om, Gloria’s Angelo, No Problem, and Well Maybe.

Yiannis, by Midshipman, races for Hronis Racing. A ridgling, Yiannis was purchased for $560,000 at the Ocala Breeders’ sale of 2-year-olds in-training in March 2014 for $560,000. Yiannis has earned $81,000. Longer races are in his future, according to owner Kosta Hronis.

“He’s tough,” Hronis said. “He’s got a lot of speed. We’ll see how he does when he stretches out.”





Joe Rockhold More than 1 year ago
This race proves yet again that Bejarano is the most overrated jockey in the country. He makes choices that apprentice jockeys wouldn't make. Think Mike Smith would have EVER tried to rush a 1-2 favorite up the rail like that? Not a chance.
Jim Fields More than 1 year ago
you are completely right Joe, Jerry should have brought Russell Baze up, he had just won on him, or second choice, he should have put Tyler Baze, the best gate rider in California on him. If you look closely at the race, he lost 10 lengths, by being shut down so much, he completely lost stride, and had to pull up and than attempt to re move, in a short period of time. He was at the outside horses neck when he pulled him out of the hole. He was going to push thru and win by five
Joe Rockhold More than 1 year ago
Totally agree with you Jim. Maybe next race he'll be playable at 5-2 or so - with a decent ride he'll win for fun. Breeding is superb - Forest Music was one of my favorite mares ever - pure speed and man could she fly. I believe she still holds the record for 6f MSW races at Laurel when she went 1:08 flat in her debut. Tiznow speaks for himself. He stats healthy and the sky is the limit for Kentuckian IMO.
Blaine MacMillan More than 1 year ago
For somebody that's been around horses for years, Peter Miller sounds bad about the incident in the stretch. His horse was getting in throughout the stretch run....
Mike Parrott More than 1 year ago
We're you watching TVG yesterday? All 3 commentators agreed the 9 held his path straight. It was the 6 that bore out, and crashed into him. And, sadly, all 3 commentators still agreed that the 6 should be left up, because the 9 wasn't "going by." For a horse that "wasn't going by" he not only closed the gap on the 6, but drew alongside until getting butchered.
CannoliBBetter More than 1 year ago
The 9 was a tired horse that was all over the place. No way the 9 was ever getting by the 6.
Mike Parrott More than 1 year ago
Yeah, now try actually watching the race before posting next time. Smh.
Mike Parrott More than 1 year ago
The 9 hits it's stride at the 1/8 pole, had all the momentum, and was going right by the 6. Until it got murdered. Anyone who watches horse racing every day knows that. The stewards are either the dumbest people on Earth, or the most corrupt. But, I guess I shouldn't expect anything more from California.
Blaine MacMillan More than 1 year ago
'Going right by'? You're a madman.....
Marty B More than 1 year ago
I had the 9 ( Serbian Syclone ) included on my Pick 4 ticket and thought I was on my way to a very nice 3rd leg victory. I agree with you Mike, SS had the momentum going and he would have been very close if not victorious had the 6 not come out on him. I'm a 40 plus year Horse and I know what i'm talking about. Your comment about the Stewards in just about correct , but i'm leaning towards the latter rather than the former. I see lots of suspicious races and I , (if I was a Steward) would be doing a lot more Testing and examining the replays.I really don't think Cal Horse players are getting a fair shake for their money. I would like to see the Feds come to California and observe for a few months,also have more out of competition testing and more security and cameras in the barn areas.
billybudd16 More than 1 year ago
Three Blind Mice see nothing again.
Curtis Clark More than 1 year ago
Peter Miller should go back to selling jewelry, teach that horse to switch leads first then earn the right to complain....
Gene Martin More than 1 year ago
He was on his right lead, until he got bumped off stride by the winner and switched back to his wrong lead. Learn to watch a race.
Eli Dawkins More than 1 year ago
It was clearly a foul but the one thing about California stewards they are very consistent.
Ian GW More than 1 year ago
Was the right call to leave up. Horse was never going by. Bayern was way worse and that's kind of the model I go off.
Steve Kendall More than 1 year ago
Totally with Peter on this one.... A foul is a foul whatever the three blind people say it is, no MATTER what happens!! It's just like the NFL officiating ... they have instant replay, tv replays, everybody sees and they still get it wrong!!! The announcers in the booth laugh at it all the time....A JOKE is an understatement, it's a whole pile of horse---- if you ask me..
Jim Fields More than 1 year ago
the horse that got slaughtered, was Kentuckian, but he beat the horse that killed his winning race, he lost five lengths at the least
tommy More than 1 year ago
Now do you believe in race being fixed!!!!! Kentuckian was a good horse!!
Jim Fields More than 1 year ago
No Tommy, the race wasn't fixed, it was simply human error, kinda like what happened nine months before you were born
flash gordon More than 1 year ago
He no SB but i agree with you about tommy
flash gordon More than 1 year ago
These are the big boys down here .Go back to GG and synthetics to regroup.
Elmer Gantry More than 1 year ago
I wouldn't give up on Kentuckian just yet, I'm making no excuse but I think he can play with your big boys. I'm still on the bandwagon and we will talk later.
flash gordon More than 1 year ago
Shared Belief he is not .stop the touting.
Jim Fields More than 1 year ago
yes he is, the same thing happened to shared belief, if you didn't see what happened to him, you too are blind.
flash gordon More than 1 year ago
one thing i know for sure he's a sprinter not a router.you are delusional if you think he as good as SB.write me when he wins a graded stakes more than a mile or longer.
flash gordon More than 1 year ago
On dirt.