Courtesy of Santa Anita ARCADIA, Calif. (Oct. 29, 2022)—Patiently handled by Umberto Rispoli, Mr. and Mrs. Larry D. Williams’ homebred Passarando swung out for racing room turning for home and collared heavily favored Giver Not a Taker in deep stretch to win Saturday’s $175,000 Golden State Juvenile going away by a length. Trained by Steve Specht, Passarando, a 2-year-old gelding by Tamarando, got seven panels in 1:24.18.
Into the bridle while in behind a group of three dueling leaders around the far turn, Passarando, who was ridden for the first time by Rispoli, angled three-deep at the top of the lane and proved best at 11-1.
A 2 ½ length open allowance winner going 5 ½ furlongs on synthetic Tapeta at Golden Gate Fields Sept. 9, Passarando was a considerable overlay off of his morning line of 4-1 and paid $24.40, $5.60 and $3.40.
Out of the Lucky Pulpit mare I’m Passing Ya Now, Passarando picked up $105,000 for the win, increasing his earnings to $160,830. In notching his first stakes win, Passarando improved his overall mark to 5-3-1-0.
Off at 2-5 under Jose Valdivia, Jr., Giver Not a Taker was second best on the day, finishing 4 ¼ lengths in front of Mystic Flyer while returning $2.20 and $2.10.
Ridden by Juan Hernandez, Mystic Flyer sat a close second to the head of the stretch and lacked the necessary rally. Off at 6-1 he paid $3.00 to show while finishing 4 ¾ lengths in front of Merit Song.
Fractions on the race were 22.49, 45.77 and 1:10.90.