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PHOENIX, AZ—JANUARY 8, 2020—Thoroughbred's finished 1-2-3 in the first of two divisions of the $12,500 Paradise 870 Challenge Stakes (not black type) Friday at Turf Paradise.
Under jockey Alex Cruz, Capital Expense (TB), a British Colombia-bred son of Scots Pine (TB), was hard to load and five-wide off the turn to defeat Classy Class(TB) by Scots Pine(TB), by 2-½ lengths. The 8-year-old completed the 870 yards in :45.169, equaling a 95 speed index.
Trainer Robert Baze saddled Capital Expense (TB), to his first win against QH company and sixth overall win. The $7,517 winner's purse brings Capital Expense's earnings total to $7,823. L D'Rado Thoroughbreds bred the gray gelding from the Petersburg(TB) mare Miss Current Sea(TB).
Runner-up Classy Class (TB) races for owners Justin Evans and Paul Miller. Also trained by Evans, the multiple grade 3 Kentucky-bred son of Discreetly Mine (TB) earned $2,425 for the effort. He has earned over $602,000. E. Paul Robsham Stables LLC bred Classy Class (TB) from the Saarland (TB) mare Collegiate (TB).
Taken back early, Sean Michael Perry's B S Cyclotron(TB), put in a mild rally after going eight-wide off the turn to finish 2-¼ lengths back in third. Joree Scriver had the riding call aboard the 6-year-old son of Cyclotron (TB) for trainer Gabriel Alan Williams. Bradley Payne bred the 6-year-old in California from the Sought After (TB) mare Costal Cathy.
Rod James, Big Bad Brad, Leedslimit, Bonofly and Corazon Rastado 727 completed the field.
With more than 50 off-track-bettting locations across Arizona and Turf Paradise able to be wagered on many platforms across the country, Turf Paradise will be increasing its social media presence and interaction with fans on their Facebook page and Twitter account. (@turf_paradise). The track's Grand Canyon Pick-6 jackpot wager will begin with a pool of $28,009.06, which will be carried over from the end of the 2019-20 season.