Mr. Sekiguchi, a son of Storm Cat purchased as a yearling for $8 million in 2004 by Fusao Sekiguchi, won Santa Anita’s $52,100 allowance feature Friday by a head over 52-1 longshot Absolute Glory.
In recording his second victory in four career starts for trainer Bob Baffert and increasing his lifetime earnings to $85,000, the 4-year-old chestnut colt rallied between horses to capture the seven-furlong event in 1:22.90. It was Mr. Sekiguchi’s first victory since he took a maiden race on April 8 of last year.
With Victor Espinoza in the saddle, Mr. Sekiguchi gained the lead midstretch and withstood the closing bids of Absolute Glory on the outside and Cotton King along the rail. The latter finished a nose behind Absolute Glory.
The heavily supported Mr. Sekiguchi, who has been favored in each of his races, paid $3.20, $2.40 and $2.10. Absolute Glory, ridden by Jose Alferez, paid $20.20 and $5.80. Cotton King, with Garrett Gomez aboard, paid $2.40 to show.