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Tale of Papa Nick wins feature on turf by disqualification at Santa Anita


ARCADIA, California — Tale of Papa Nick finished second in the $58,000 feature Friday at Santa Anita, but was declared the winner by disqualification after Gouyen was taken down for a bumping incident at the top of the stretch.

Ridden by Felipe Valdez, Tale of Papa Nick returned $14.40, $7.20 and $4.80 at 6-1 odds in a field of eight fillies and mares.

Sidepocket Run was moved up to second after the DQ and paid $6.20 and $4.

Chaulk O Lattey, the 5-2 favorite, was moved up to third and returned $3 to show. Richard Baltas trains both Tale of Papa Nick and Chaulk O Lattey.

Gouyen ran 6 1/2 furlongs on the downhill turf course in 1:14.60. She drifted outward under Santiago Gonzalez and bumped Desert Steel. As a result, she was DQ'd and placed fifth by the stewards.

"Once in a while, you get lucky," owner Nick Cafarchia said.

The victory, worth $34,800, increased Tale of Papa Nick's career earnings to $83,348, with two wins in five starts.

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