Trainer Gets First Santa Anita Victory

Double Dip registered a 13-1 upset at Oak Tree for the 46-year-old conditioner.

from Oak Tree at Santa Anita Park

Amanda McKaughan collected her first Santa Anita Park victory as a trainer when Double Dip, a 13-1 outsider making her first start at Santa Anita, won the optional claiming feature, a $51,082 event for fillies and mares at 1 1/16 miles Oct. 2.

Double Dip closed strongly on the extreme outside under jockey Joel Rosario and resisted a closing bid of second choice Comeback Queen by 1 1/4 lengths. The chestnut filly gave jockey Rosario his second of three wins on the afternoon.

McKaughan, 46, took out her trainer’s license two years ago and has five horses in her Santa Anita stable. Her work experience includes a stint in the publicity department at Hollywood Park in 1990 after galloping horses for the late Bill Shoemaker.

A 4-year-old Florida-bred who had been racing recently in Northern California, Double Dip covered the distance in 1:42.67 and gained her third career victory in 11 starts.

The upset winner paid $29.20, $10.60, and $5.20. The victory was worth $29,400 to partners Jeff Siegel, a commentator for HRTV, and Michael Spero. It boosted Double Dip’s career earnings to $93,920.