After 1 3/4 miles on the turf, it came down to a head bob in the Grade 2, $150,000 San Juan Capistrano Invitational Handicap at Santa Anita Sunday, as Juniper Pass got up over longshot Imponente Purse.
With Rafael Bejarano riding, Juniper Pass showed a swift turn of foot in the stretch and got his head down at the right time to win in 2:47.74. Celtic New Year finished third.
Juniper Pass is owned by Betty or Robert G. Irvin and was bred in Kentucky by Brookdale Thoroughbreds. Trained by Thomas Bell, he's a four-year-old son of Lemon Drop Kid out of the Coronado's Quest mare, Child Bride. The victory was his fourth in 12 career starts.
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