New First Crop Winner at Gulfstream, Plus a Repeat Winner at Santa Anita
ALTERNATION sired his 16th first-crop winner after LA NENA DE PAPA pulled away through the stretch for a six-length Maiden score going a mile at Gulfstream Park. Under a strong hold early on, this now 3-year-old filly moved up closer to the lead down the backstretch. After securing the top spot heading into the final turn, LA NENA DE PAPA was well in hand turning for home and opened up through the lane to the wire. She was twice placed here before this impressive effort. Lifetime record: 5-1-1-1, $17,400. O-Establo Heluce. B-Brereton C. Jones. T-Alexis Cordero – Lopez.
MIDNIGHT RUN chalked up his second win at Santa Anita taking a 6 1/2-furlong sprint by 2 1/4 lengths. This first crop 3-year-old colt chased the leaders early on. He moved up along the rail on the turn, came out to split horses turning for home, then overtook the frontrunner with less than a furlong to run and pulled away late to get the victory. MIDNIGHT RUN was a 2 3/4-length Maiden winner racing 5 1/2 furlongs here at the end of October and also was runner-up at Del Mar in his debut. Lifetime record: 7-2-1-1, $40,555. O-Charles K. Marquis and Cynthia F. Marquis. B-Javier Martinez Avila. T-Keith Desormeaux.