San Gabriel: Proudinsky gives Frankel milestone win
ARCADIA, Calif. -- Proudinsky ended a six-race losing streak in Sunday's $150,000 San Gabriel Handicap, giving trainer Bobby Frankel a record 900th career win at the Santa Anita winter-spring meeting.
Sent off favored, Proudinsky ($4.60) closed from fourth in the final quarter-mile to win the Grade 2 San Gabriel Handicap by three-quarters of a length over 9-1 Ferneley. Medici Code finished third in the field of seven.
Proudinsky ran 1 1/8 miles on turf in 1:48.39. Proudinsky was ridden by Rafael Bejarano, a replacement for jockey Garrett Gomez, who was injured in a spill on Saturday.
The San Gabriel was Proudinsky's first win since the Grade 2 Mervin Muniz Jr. Handicap at Fair Grounds in March. Since then, Proudinsky's best finish was a second by a neck to Big Brown in the Monmouth Stakes on Sept. 13.
"He's a nice, honest horse - not a top-class horse, but a nice Group 2 horse," Frankel said. "He had a really good trip and got through when he needed to. He did his job."
Frankel is the all-time leader in wins at Santa Anita's winter-spring meeting, ahead of the late Charlie Whittingham, who won 869 races.
Proudinsky is leased by Johanna Louise Glen-Teven of Manhattan Beach, Calif. She took over ownership in late December after previous owner Gary Tanaka was required to relinquish his California Horse Racing Board owner's license following a recent conviction for securities fraud.
Blue Norther: First time's the charm for Navigator
Navigator ($9) won her stakes debut, and first start around two turns, in Sunday's $78,600 Blue Norther Stakes for 2-year-old fillies.
Ridden by Victor Espinoza, Navigator led throughout a mile on turf, winning by a length over April Pride. Navigator was timed in 1:36.38. Acting Lady was third in the field of nine. Internallyflawless, the 4-5 favorite, was never in contention and finished last.
Navigator has won 2 of 3 starts and $77,200 for owners Mace and Samantha Siegel and trainer Ron Ellis.
Santa Anita, 8th Race - Dec. 28, 2008
|$150,000 San Gabriel H. (G2)|
|1||Medici Code (GB)||3.80|
$1 Exacta (2-5) Paid $15.80, $1 Trifecta (2-5-1) Paid $55.70