Frankel Equals Whittingham's Santa Anita Win Total

Frankel Equals Whittingham's Santa Anita Win Total
Photo: Anne M. Eberhardt
Trainer Bobby Frankel ties Charlie Whittingham's record 869 wins at Santa Anita.
(from Santa Anita report)
Bobby Frankel equaled Charlie Whittingham’s Santa Anita record of 869 training victories when his 6-5 favorite Les Grands Trois captured Wednesday’s featured $50,800 Mister Frisky allowance event.

Jockey David Flores rallied Les Grands Trois to a one-length win over Abalanche in the 6 1/2-furlong race for 3-year-olds to remain unbeaten following a nine-length maiden victory at Belmont Park last July. The winner, a Kentucky-bred son of Officer, covered the distance in 1:16.06 while perhaps establishing himself as a Triple Crown candidate.

“It’s a big deal because Charlie is a legend," the 65-year-old Frankel in the winner’s circle afterward. "To get that close and to tie him is an honor.”

Frankel has one entrant on Thursday’s program that gets underway at 1 p.m. He will saddle Sagitta Ra, who is 7-2 on the morning line, in the day’s fifth race.

Unbeaten Les Grands Trois paid $4.40, $2.80, and $2.20. Abalanche returned $3.60 and $2.40 while the pacesetter Black Seventeen paid $2.60 to show.

Les Grands Trois, purchased for $220,000 at the 2005 Keeneland September Sale, earned $30,000 for owner Live Oak Plantation to bring his two-race total to $55,800.

(Chart, Equibase)

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