Heck Yeah Wins Cal Cup Turf Sprint

From Santa Anita Publicity

ARCADIA, Calif. (Jan. 27, 2018)–Upstart Heck Yeah answered any questions about his ability to handle turf as he rallied into a fast pace en route to winning Saturday’s $100,000 California Cup Turf Sprint by 2 ½ lengths under Drayden Van Dyke.  Trained by Bob Baffert, the 3-year-old colt by Eclipse Champion Turf Horse Acclamation got 6 ½ furlongs down Santa Anita’s hillside turf course in 1:13.61.

Well back early but an attentive fourth turning for home, Heck Yeah validated his 5 ¼ length main track win in his debut at Los Alamitos Dec. 7 by running lights out on turf today.

Bet down to the 2-1 favorite in a field of a dozen 3-year-olds bred or sired in California, Heck Yeah paid $6.40, $5.00 and $3.60.

Bred in California by his co-owner Michael Pageler, Heck Yeah is out of the Maria’s Mon mare Lutess.  Now perfect in two starts, he picked up $60,000 for the win, increasing his earnings to $124,000.

“It’s wonderful,” said Pageler. “This is my first stakes winner and the first horse I’ve ever bred. The mother (Lutess) is the first horse I ever owned.”

A supplemental entrant, Psycho Dar, who is trained by Steve Miyadi and ridden by apprentice Evin Roman, checked in second, a head in front of his stablemate, Campaigner.  Off at 12-1, Psycho Dar paid $12.40 and $7.40.

Off at 15-1, Campaigner paid $6.40 to show while finishing a half length in front of Vutzak.

Fractions on the race were 20.94, 43.28 and 1:07.17.

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