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Super High Nips Moscow Burning in Pro Or Con

February 15, 2004
by Blood Horse Staff
The Blood Horse

Super High, ridden by Tyler Baze, battled 2-5 favorite Moscow Burning to the wire for a nose victory in Sunday's $108,000 Pro Or Con Handicap for California-bred older fillies and mares on the turf at Santa Anita Park. The 5-year-old Harris Farms' homebred won in a one-mile time on firm going of 1:35 1/5 for her second triumph in 2004. Trained by Carla Gaines, the daughter of High Brite won for the eighth time in 21 starts while earning $64,800, pushing her lifetime total to $617,608.

Moscow Burning, who was also bred by Harris Farms and raced for John Harris before being claimed away in August for $25,000, finished 2 1/2 lengths in front of Calzada Kid.

Super High stalked the pace of Bold Roberta (;23 3/5, :47 3/5) to the quarter pole, taking the lead in the stretch by a length over Moscow Burning, who tracked the pacesetters throughout. Moscow Burning reached even terms on Super High's outside and the two set down for a game fight down the lane.

Super High won the Work the Crowd Handicap at Golden Gate Fields Jan.3, but was subsequently eighth in the Sunshine Millions Filly & Mare Sprint at Santa Anita on Jan. 24. The return to grass for the first time since September was a benefit. She won for the fourth time in eight tries on the turf.

She paid $10.40, $2.80 and $2.20 as the second choice. Moscow Burning returned $2.20 and $2.10. Calzada Kid's show was $2.40.

Santa Anita Stakes Quotes TYLER BAZE, SUPER HIGH, WINNER: “She gave me everything she had. She’s a hard-trying filly. I’m glad Carla (Gaines) let me ride her again. I thought I got beat the last two jumps. I was (bleeped). Galloping out I said, ‘Victor, God-ding it, you had to beat me again by a nose!’ I thought I got beat the last two jumps. But she tries so hard. I’ve ridden her twice and both times she just gives her all and guts it out. A horse comes to her and she don’t want him to go by her, man. She’s an awesome filly to ride.”

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