Flavien Prat is one of the hottest jockeys at Santa Anita, and he showed every bit of his riding talent in guiding 42-1 longshot Neveradoubt to a half length victory in Saturday’s Snow Chief Stakes.
In the 1 1/8 miles turf event, Prat broke from the eight post and by the first turn was on the rail. He then got Neveradoubt to settle behind horses and remained on the rail until the stretch turn. Midway on the turn, Prat took Neveradoubt off the rail and found a seam between horses about four wide at the head of the stretch.
With solid handling, Neveradoubt was able to hold off Temple Keys and return an $85.40 win payoff to his backers.
Neveradoubt was saddled by Mike Pupye and the Prat/Pupye team are clicking at around 50% at Santa Anita with limited opportunities.