Icantgoforthat Convincing in Survive Stakes

Icantgoforthat opened a commanding lead on the turn and powered home by more than thee lengths Friday in the $107,100 Survive Stakes for older California-bred fillies and mares at Santa Anita Park.

Ridden by Pat Valenzuela at 115 pounds, Icantgoforthat ran 5 1/2 furlongs in 1:03.84 and paid $21, $8 and $9. Steve Knapp is the trainer/co-owner with Andrew Broberg.

It was the first stakes win for Icantgoforthat, who had finished second in the Boo La Boo Stakes in March. Knapp claimed the In Excess filly for $50,000 in November 2001.

Theresa's Year rallied to finish second and paid $9.40 and $9. Tyler Baze rode the runner-up at 112 pounds. It was two lengths back to Kitty On The Track, with Laffit Pincay Jr. riding at 117 pounds, for a $3.80 show payoff.

Above Perfection, the 9-10 betting favorite, made a brief bid on the turn but faltered in the stretch.

Icantgoforthat took the lead shortly after the break, set splits of :21.27 and :44.56. She extended her lead to four lengths on the turn and wasn't threatened in the stretch.

"She broke so quick I kind of lost my mane hold," Valenzuela said. "She's really quick so she still made the lead. We slowed 'em down pretty good and that helped my horse."

Icantgoforthat is 5-2-1 from 14 starts; the $64,260 winner's share increased her earnings to $246,504.

Knapp said Icantgoforthat would be pointed to the $250,000 Padua Stables Sprint on Sunshine Millions Day at Gulfstream Park on Jan. 25.

(Chart, Equibase)