Bear Fan Edges Super High in Irish O'Brien

Bear Fan collared Icantgoforthat in mid stretch and edged clear for a one-length victory Wednesday in the $110,300 Irish O'Brien Stakes for California-bred fillies and mares at Santa Anita Park.

Ridden by Mike Smith at 121 pounds, Bear Fan ran about 6 ½ furlongs in 1:12 3/5 on the hillside turf course and paid $7, $4.40 and $3.20. Wesley Ward is the trainer and co-owner with Peter Fan.

It was the second straight victory for Bear Fan, the winner of last month's Barbara Fritchie (gr. II) at Laurel Race Course in Maryland. The 5-year-old Pine Bluff bay mare has won six of 10 overall with earnings of $408,150. Bear Fan earned $66,180 for the victory.

Super High, Alex Solis riding at 121 pounds, outfinished Bold Roberta for second place and returned $5 and $3.40. Bold Roberta, Gary Stevens aboard at 116 pounds, finished third and paid $3.80.

Icantgoforthat, the 5-2 favorite in the field of nine, was forced to steady late and was nosed out for third under jockey Tyler Baze.

Baze lodged a foul claim against Smith, whose mount came in slightly under right-handed urging in the stretch, but stewards disallowed it.

"She's a classy mare, you never worry too much about her," Smith said of Bear Fan. As for the foul claim, "I was two lengths clear. I don't know what he was doing, to tell you the truth."

In a second feature, the $70,000 Pasadena Stakes for 3-year-olds, Unrivalled and jockey Emile Ramsammy teamed up for a gigantic upset in the one-mile turf race. An English-bred trained by James Cassidy, Unrivalled paid $88.80 after winning his American debut in 1:34 4/5.

(Chart, Equibase)

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