OIL CAN KNIGHT SPRINGS MAJOR UPSET IN TAKING $51,000 SANTA ANITA ALLOWANCE FEATURE BY A HEAD UNDER MALDONADO; TRAINED BY KNAPP, HE GETS 5 ½ FURLONGS IN 1:03.42ARCADIA, Calif. (May 15, 2020)–With heavily favored Tale of the Union a non-factor, trainer Steve Knapp’s Oil Can Knight was more than happy to spring a surprise at 20-1, as he sat close to the early pace and engaged for the lead turning for home en route to a gutty head victory in Friday’s $51,000 allowance feature at Santa Anita. Ridden by Edwin Maldonado, the 4-year-old gelding by Can the Man got 5 ½ furlongs in 1:03.42.“Wow, I’m tired!” said Maldonado, reflecting a sentiment shared by many of his fellow riders as there has been no racing at Santa Anita since March 27. “I’m very happy, especially now, that I have a new agent, Tony Matos. Tony’s had some of the greatest riders of all-time and I’m very optimistic about our chances.“We had five horses to ride on the first Sunday that was cancelled (March 29), so it’s great to be back. Steve told me we had a good shot with this horse today. He said to just put him in the race and it worked out.”Four deep while a close third mid-way around the far turn, Oil Can Knight kept to his task the length of the stretch and prevailed in a three-way photo over longshot Kneedeepinsnow and second choice Galilean.Idle since winning a 6 ½ furlong starter allowance on Jan. 31 and ridden for the first time by Maldonado, Oil Can Knight paid $42.60, $13.00 and $5.60.Owned by Zolotas, Zolotas and Sabina Romo, Oil Can Knight, who is out of the El Corredor mare Makeitagame, picked up $30,600 for the win, increasing his earnings to $160,136. Claimed four starts back on Nov. 14, he now has six wins from 13 starts.Second nearly the entire trip, Kneedeepinsnow was game right to the wire, prevailing by a neck for the place. Ridden by Ruben Fuentes, he was off at 24-1 and paid $17.40 and $7.60.Galilean, a three-time stakes winner who was third in the Grade II Rebel Stakes three starts back in April, 2019, made his second start of the year today and tired a bit late after going head and head for the lead throughout. Ridden by Flavien Prat, he was off at 9-5 and paid $2.40 to show.Idle since he was a dazzling eight length first-out maiden winner going 5 ½ furlongs on Aug. 26, 2018, Tale of the Union was never a factor at 3-5 and finished next to last, beaten nearly 14 lengths.Fractions on the race were 21.95, 45.10 and 57.03.