Eight's Great for Hillside Loving Cambiocorsa

Eight's Great for Hillside Loving Cambiocorsa
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Cambiocorsa wins the Sen. Ken Maddy Handicap, on opening day of the Oak Tree at Santa Anita 26-day fall meet.
(from Santa Anita report)
Cambiocorsa, queen of Santa Anita's downhill turf course, extended her reign Wednesday to eight consecutive victories when she dominated Oak Tree's opening day feature, the $100,000 Sen. Ken Maddy Handicap (gr. IIIT).

Ridden by Jon Court, the 4-year-old gray filly, yet to beaten on the unique about 6 1/2-furlong layout, tracked pacesetter Victory Spy through the early running. Cambicorsa took command entering the stretch and taking a brief bump from Victory Spy and finished 2 1/2 lengths ahead of 5-1 second-choice Sandra's Rose. Eleven fillies and mares competed.

On-track attendance for the opener was 14,008.

Cambiocorsa's victory was the third of four wins on the day for trainer Doug O'Neill, which tied a Santa Anita record for training victories on a single day. O'Neill joined Hall of Famers Richard Mandella and Bobby Frankel as the only ones to have accomplished the feat twice.

Bet down to odds of 1-2, Cambiocorsa paid $3, $2.40 and $2.40 while carrying the top weight of 122 pounds. Sandra's Rose, who finished two lengths ahead of Bettarun Fast for Martin Pedroza, returned $3.40 and $2.60. The show price on Bettarun Fast, with Aaron Gryder aboard, was $4.80. The winning time was 1:12.02 after hot fractions of :21 2/5 and :43 1/5.

Cambiocorsa started her love affair with the course as a 3-year-old when winning her only start over the layout at last year's Oak Tree meet. She reeled off six straight victories during the Santa Anita meet earlier this year.

The victory in the 39th running of the Maddy (known prior to 1999 as the Autumn Days) increased her career earnings to $504,055 from an overall record of 9-0-2 in 15 starts. She has earned $405,675 of her total figure running down Santa Anita's hillside course for the partnership of Leatherman Racing and Ran Jan Racing. Wednesday's race was her first since July 1.

"I know she had been away awhile," said Court, who provided some urging down the lane as Cambiocorsa pulled away. "But if anything, I went into this race with a lot of confidence. Maybe it was false confidence, but she really showed her class today. She is a great filly."

John and Diane Fradkin bred Cambiocorsa is a California-bred gray/roan daughter of Avenue of Flags--Ultrafleet (by Afleet).

"We'll discuss her future plans with the owners," O'Neill said, "but obviously anything down the hill has got to have her name written all over it."

Noted Mike Machowsky, the trainer of runner-up Sandra's Rose, who twice previously has chased the winner: "I knew our filly was going to run her best race, but we just can't beat Cambiocorsa. We're just going to have to avoid her now."

Wee Bit Fancy ran fourth, followed by Conveyor's Angel, Strong Faith, Hello Lucky, Victory Spy, Tiz a Gem, Private Banking and Toupie. Quemar, Revealed and Wild Storm scratched.

(Chart, Equibase)

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