James McIngvale's During fought off several challenges in the stretch and scored a one-length victory Saturday in the $221,800 San Fernando Breeders' Cup Stakes (gr. II) for 4-year-olds at Santa Anita Park. Ridden by David Flores at 120 pounds, During ran 1 1/16 miles in 1:41.63 and paid $10, $5.60 and $4.20. During is the highest priced favorite to win in the 52-year history of the race. Trained by Bob Baffert, During earned $134,280 to push his earnings to $1,055,662. A Kentucky-bred by Cherokee Run, During has a 6-2-1 record from 14 starts. During was always prominent, stalking Excessivepleasure through fractions of :22.51, :45.57 and 1:09.33. During put a head in front entering the stretch but then relinquished the lead to Touch the Wire, who staged a strong inside rally to gain the advantage. But During wasn't finished, and came right back at Touch the Wire to regain the lead in deep stretch. The winner then had to hold off Toccet to earn the victory. Toccet, ridden by Victor Espinoza at 116 pounds, paid $10 and $7.60 for place and show. It was another length back to Touch the Wire, Corey Nakatani riding at 117 pounds, for an $8.80 show payoff. Domestic Dispute, Spensive, Senor Swinger, Excessivepleasure, Anziyan Royalty, Watchem Smokey and Ender's Shadow completed the order of finish. Baffert, winning his first San Fernando since Silver Charm in 1998, said During would be pointed to the $300,000 Strub Stakes at 1 1/8 miles on Feb. 7. "This horse is amazing," Baffert said. "When he looks like he's done he just kicks back in gear again, sort of like Silver Charm used to do. He's a very gritty little horse to do that.
"I was excited for James McIngvale. He's let me manage the horse the way I wanted to."(Chart, Equibase)