ARCADIA, Calif. (AP) — Misremembered returned from a year off Sunday to win the $75,000 Santana Mile on the first anniversary of his victory in the Santa Anita Handicap, and the day after trainer Bob Baffert’s long shot Game On Dude won this year’s Big ‘Cap.
Sidelined with a series of ailments since March, Misremembered was still a heavy favorite in the field of seven older horses. He was fourth in the early going, took the lead on the second turn and pulled away to beat Kensei by three lengths in 1:33.4, a tenth off the track record.
After the dominant win in a race with a tenth of the purse, Baffert expressed regret that Misremembered, a 5-year-old son of Candy Ride partly owned by Baffert’s wife Jill, hadn’t run alongside the long shot Game On Dude a day earlier.
“He is so much better than he was last year,” Baffert said. “He’s filled out. I was sort of upset at myself for not having him ready for the Big ‘Cap.”
The winner paid $4.20, $3.20 and $2.80, while Kensei returned $4.80 and $4 and Honour the Deputy paid $4.20 to show.
Misremembered earned $48,120 for the victory, his sixth in 12 career starts, taking his career total to $1,136,709.
“The way he ran today,” jockey Martin Garcia said, “I really think if he would have run yesterday, he would have won.”
He’s certain to run in deeper and richer company in his next start.
Baffert suggested he might send the horse to the $10 million Dubai World Cup in the United Arab Emirates on March 26, but did not commit to anything.
“I’m just going to see how he comes out of this,” Baffert said. “We were thinking about Dubai in the back of our minds, but we don’t know. There are so many options.”
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