Bienamado Wins San Juan Capistrano
ARCADIA, Calif. (AP) _ Bienamado beat Persianlux by a half-length to win Saturday’s $400,000 San Juan Capistrano Handicap at Santa Anita Park.
Bienamado, ridden by Chris McCarron at 122 pounds, ran 1 3/4 miles on turf to set a stakes and course record of 2:42.96. The winner returned $3.60, $2.60 and $2.40.
The win was McCarron’s fourth in the San Juan Capistrano and the 6,996th of his career. The 46-year-old jockey, of Dorchester, Mass., needs just four more victories to join the ranks of Laffit Pincay Jr., Bill Shoemaker, Angel Cordero, Pat Day, Russell Baze and David Gall as jockeys with 7,000 wins.
Persianlux, with Tyler Baze riding at 114 pounds, returned $5.60 and $4.
Trailing by 3 1/2 lengths was Blueprint, with Gary Stevens in the saddle, and a $3.40 payoff.
Mister Kick, Subtle Power, Piranesi, Guillamou City, Indigo Myth, Jack Grandi, Floriselli and Tanaasa completed the order of finish.
By winning North America’s longest Grade I event, Bienamado extended to five his winning streak in California turf races. Overall, the 5-year-old has a 7-3-0 record from 14 starts. Saturday’s $240,00 win increased his overall winnings to $1,051,009.
Bienamado’s sire, Bien Bien, won the 1994 San Juan Capistrano.