On the inside, #1 Brent’s Passion looked like she lasted against #8 Roll Model at the wire, but really it was too close to call.
And Roll Model’s trainer Craig Dollase needed this photo badly. Very badly.
Dollase, who at 27 years old in 1998 saddled Reraise to win the Breeders’ Cup Sprint, had lost his first 31 starts at Santa Anita this year. So it must have been quite a relief for Dollase when the placing judges posted 3-to-1 shot Roll Model first.
Ridden by Jesus Rios, Roll Model stalked the pace, but she couldn’t get by stubborn pace setter Brent’s Passion in the stretch until the very last moment.
I bet $250 on #2 Play Reveille, who showed early speed, and #7 Track Majesty, who finished third after coming off a six-month layoff.
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