ARCADIA, Calif. (AP) — Hear the Ghost rallied to run down Flashback and Goldencents in the stretch and win the $300,000 San Felipe Stakes by a half-length at Santa Anita on Saturday, inserting himself into the Kentucky Derby picture.
Ridden by Corey Nakatani, Hear the Ghost covered 1 1/16 miles in 1:42.34 and paid $13.80, $4.60 and $3.60 at 5-1 odds in the field of eight 3-year-olds.
Flashback, the even-money favorite trained by Bob Baffert, returned $2.60 and $2.40. Tiz a Minister was another half-length back in third and paid $4 to show. Goldencents, the 2-1 second choice trained by Doug O’Neill, was fourth.
Trained by Jerry Hollendorfer, Hear the Ghost came charging down the middle of the track to overtake the tiring duo of Flashback and Goldencents, who clocked fast fractions as they hooked up approaching the stretch turn.