"I didn't expect him to be this good (today)."
That was what trainer Peter Miller had to say after his gray sophomore charge Calculator broke his maiden with a 4 1/4-length romp in the Grade 3, $100,750 Sham Stakes at Santa Anita Park on Saturday.
Jockey Elvis Trujillo took Calculator on the overland route before sending him forward to challenge the pacesetters nearing the final turn. The Florida-bred son of In Summation easily sailed past the leaders rounding the turn and pulled away in the stretch to finish a mile in 1:34 4/5 over the fast dirt.
"We'll see how the horse comes out, but I wouldn't rule out coming back in a month in the (Grade 2 Robert B.) Lewis (Stakes at 1 1/16 miles on February 7)," Miller said. "The timing of it is good and when my horses are good, I like to run them. He's good right now so I'm going to run him."
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