INGLEWOOD, Calif. (May 6, 2011)—Dismissed at nearly 10-1, Ace of Aces led throughout to win the $59,500 feature Friday at Hollywood Park.
Ridden for the first time by jockey Agapito Delgadillo, the 4-year-old Antonius Pius gelding out of the Key of Luck mare Mikes Baby immediately established command, relaxed well and had more than enough left to win by three-quarters of a length.
Owned by Michael House and trained by Jeff Mullins, Ace of Aces covered the mile on turf in 1:34.69. The victory was the third in 10 starts for the Irish bred. He increased his earnings to $123,431.
Fifth in the 2009 Generous Stakes in his only previous appearance at Hollywood Park, Ace of Aces paid $21.60, $6.80 and $4.60. Norvsky, the 6-5 favorite, paid $3.20 and $2.40. He finished a half-length in front of 9-2 third choice Leroy’s Dynameaux, who had won the Will Rogers Stakes here last June 20 in his graded stakes debut. The show price on Leroy’s Dynameaux was $2.80.
Completing the order of finish were Face and an Ace, Universal Peace, Scorewithcater, Do It All, the 5-2 second choice, and Who’s Up, who has lost six in a row since his victory in the 2009 Generous.
With three wins Friday, jockey Alonso Quinonez moved into a tie for second in the rider standings. After 10 days, Quinonez and Rafael Bejarano have nine wins, five less than defending Spring/Summer champion Joel Rosario.
One of Quinonez’s victories came aboard Coil, a comebacking 3-year-old son of Point Given, who defeated stablemate Smash and four others in the seventh, a $52,400 optional claimer. Both Coil and Smash are trained by Bob Baffert, who saw Plum Pretty win the Kentucky Oaks Friday at Churchill Downs.
Racing resumes Saturday. Post time is 11 a.m.
The early post time is in conjunction with the simulcast of the 137th Kentucky Derby from Churchill Downs. Gates will open at 7 a.m. at Hollywood Park and the first import from Churchill Downs goes at 7:30 a.m.
Post time for the Derby is 3:24 PDT, so it will be shown between the eighth and ninth races at Hollywood Park.
The main event on the 11 race card is the $150,000 Mervyn LeRoy Handicap, a Grade II for older horses at 1 1/16 miles over Cushion Track. Multiple graded stakes winner Sidney’s Candy will make his 2011 debut in the LeRoy, a prep for the $500,000 Hollywood Gold Cup July 9.
The other stakes on the Saturday program are the $70,000 Cool Frenchy for older horses at five furlongs and the $100,000 Senorita Stakes for 3-year-old fillies at one mile on turf.
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