Clubhouse Ride, a versatile 6-year-old with more than $1.1 million in career earnings while competing in races from 61/2 furlongs to 11/4 miles, keeps finding ways to stay relevant.
On Saturday at Santa Anita, Clubhouse Ride rallied along the rail under jockey Joe Talamo to win a stretch duel with 1-2 favorite Fury Kapcori by a half length to take the Grade II, $200,500 Californian at 11/8 miles. It was his fifth career victory in 37 starts.
Clubhouse Ride has been chasing the best horses in Southern California's handicap division, from Game On Dude to Imperative. Every once in a while, the son of Candy Ride rises up, as was the case Saturday.
The other feature was the Grade I, $350,750 American Oaks for 3-year-old fillies going 11/4 miles on the turf. Nashoba's Gold, ridden by Talamo, went off as the 3-2 favorite, but it was East Coast invader Room Service and jockey
Nashoba's Gold finished fifth in the eight-horse field after failing to make it through an opening during traffic in the stretch.