first_imgSYNTHESIS UP TO WIN $57,000 SANTA ANITA FEATURE BY A NOSE AS BEJARANO & PAPAPRODROMOU TEAM FOR 1 1/16 MILE WIN IN 1:45.08 ARCADIA, Calif. (March 6, 2020)–In his second start of the Winter Meet, long striding Synthesis kept to his task late and was just up to nip favored Lambeau by a nose in Friday’s $57,000 Santa Anita allowance feature.  Ridden by Rafael Bejarano and trained by George Papaprodromou, Synthesis got a mile and one sixteenth in 1:45.08.Synthesis, who broke from post position five in a field of nine older horses, appeared to lunge out of the gate, causing him to lose immediate position, but Bejarano angled him quickly to the outside and he was third, about a length and a half off pacesetting Lambeau mid-way around the Club House turn.Heading to the far turn, Synthesis was lapped on the leader while settling into a good stride, and was about a neck off the lead turning for home.  Ridden by Victor Espinoza, Lambeau opened up by 1 ½ lengths inside the furlong pole, but Synthesis kept fighting and was just up in a thriller.Well beaten six starts back in last year’s Santa Anita Derby, Synthesis, who was most recently a close second in a one mile allowance here Feb. 7, was off at 5-1 and paid $13.60, $6.00 and $3.60.“We bought this horse with the idea to try and run him in the (Kentucky) Derby,” said Papaprodromou. “Maybe we did too much with him, I don’t know, but he needed time off (following a seventh place allowance finish at Del Mar Aug. 18).  “He came back refreshed and he’s put on some weight.  He’s a big striding horse and I told Rafael, you can’t take too much hold of him. Let him do his thing.”Owned by Decker Racing, Kretz Racing, LLC and Jay Selby, Synthesis, a 4-year-old Kentucky-bred colt by First Samurai, out of the Bernardini mare Trust in Hope, posted his second win from 16 starts and with the winner’s share of $34,200, increased his earnings to $189,722.Lambeau, a promising First Samurai colt trained by John Shirreffs, basically did everything but win in finishing second, a half length in front of Dreams of Valor. Off as the 5-2 favorite, Lambeau paid $4.60 and $3.40.Ridden by Edwin Maldonado, Dreams of Valor was off at 20-1 and paid $8.00 to show while finishing 2 ½ lengths clear of Street Class.Fractions on the race were 24.01, 48.54, 1:12.81 and 1:38.23.Racing resumes with a blockbuster 12-race card on Saturday, Santa Anita Handicap Day. Special early first post time is at 11:30 a.m., with admission gates opening at 10 a.m.last_img

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