Mild Upset in La Puente Fuels 'Anita Carryover

Irish-bred Stratham's mild upset in Santa Anita's La Puente Stakes on Saturday contributed to the track's first three-day carryover in more than two years. A total of $1,126,445 is carrying into the pool for Easter Sunday's 1:30 p.m. program.

With jockey David Cohen at the controls, Strathamsqueezed through an opening along the rail to capture the $108,600 La Puente for 3-year-olds by 1 ½ lengths over British-bred Genre.

The bay colt by Mozart covered one mile in 1:36 over a turf course labeled "good." The victory was Stratham's second stakes win in three U.S. starts for woner Jerry Jamgotchian.

Riding Stratham for the first time, Cohen settled his mount in fourth behind pacesetter Chadlington. When the leader drifted out in midstretch, Stratham was steered through the gap and won going away.

Genre, with Martin Pedroza aboard, rallied for the place, one-half length ahead of Lightning Hit, who closed from last in the field of seven under Alex Solis.

Racing as an entry with Global Genius for Jamgotchian, Stratham paid $8.40, $3.80 and $2.60. Genre returned $3.80 and $3. The show price on Lightning Hit was $3.20.

Trainer Tim Yakteen, a former assistant to Bob Baffert as well as the late Charlie Whittingham, gained his his first stakes win at a Santa Anita meet after going out on his own 18 months ago.

The winning purse of $65,160 nearly doubled Stratham's earnings, to $131,993 from an overall record of 3-4-1 in 10 races. He began his career in England where he raced seven times, breaking his maiden in his final start there.

(Chart, Equibase)