Victory Surprises Jockey
Ending a 10-race losing streak, Icantgoforthat won Monday’s $109,300 Monrovia Handicap by the slimmest of margins at Santa Anita. The 4-year-old filly beat Polygreen by inches, surprising her jockey, Tyler Baze.
After Polygreen and Gary Stevens had edged ahead of Icantgoforthat in the stretch, Baze thought that his mount was beaten. But the winner came back.
“I didn’t think I actually won,” Baze said. “My horse was all heart.”
Trained by Steve Knapp, whose father, Palmer Knapp, is co-owner, Icantgoforthat won for the sixth time in 25 starts and notched her first victory since Jan. 3. The 6 1/2-furlong Monrovia was Icantgoforthat’s first win in seven tries on grass.
Icantgoforthat paid $10.80 to win, giving Steve Knapp his first graded stakes victory. Polygreen and Spring Star, the entry that went off a 1-2 favorite, ran second and third. Dedication, the morning-line favorite, was one of four horses scratched.
In another stake on the card, the Bobby Frankel-trained Greek Sun, ridden by Alex Solis, won the $101,250 Hill Rise by four lengths. Greek Sun, who races for Peter Angelos, owner of the Baltimore Orioles, gave Frankel his 52nd stakes win of the year, 13 of them at Santa Anita. Frankel has won stakes at 14 tracks. Belmont Park leads the list with 15 of his wins.
Greek Sun, the second choice, paid $5.80. Favored Gwaihir finished third.