INGLEWOOD, Calif. (May 3, 2012)—A drop out of graded company proved the winning move for Hard to Resist in the $57,700 feature Thursday (video) at Betfair Hollywood Park.
Nearly six weeks after finishing seventh of 10 in the Grade II Santa Ana Stakes at Santa Anita, Hard to Resist, who trailed after the opening half mile, collared pacesetter Let’s Go Cheyenne in the closing yards for her third career victory.
Owned by a partnership that includes Sharon Alesia, Bran Jam Stables, Ciaglia Racing, Marc Ferrell and Rob Dyrdek and trained by Peter Eurton, the 4-year-old daughter of Johannesburg and the Gulch mare Anja completed the 1 1/16 miles on turf in 1:41.53.
The victory by a neck pushed her earnings to $126,040 in 10 races. Ridden by David Flores, who also won the first with A Toast To You, the 6-1 shot in the field of seven fillies and mares paid $15.40, $6.60 and $3.80.
Bidding for her third win in her last four starts, Let’s Go Cheyenne set moderate fractions (23.84, 47.57 and 1:11.05 for six furlongs), had a 1 ½ length advantage with less than an eighth of a mile to run, but couldn’t quite last under jockey Joe Talamo. She returned $4.40 and $3.40 as the 5-2 second choice.
Plaza de Indias, a Chilean bred making her first start in the United States for Green Grass Stable and trainer Ken Nettles, was third, one length behind Let’s Go Cheyenne and 1 ¼ lengths in front of 13-10 favorite Gem of Soul. The longest shot in the cast at 29-1, Plaza de Indias paid $10.20 to show.
A winner two races ago in her U.S. initiation for owner-breeder Coudelaria Jessica and trainer A.C. Avila, Gem of Soul had no visible excuses Thursday. The Brazilian bred tracked Let’s Go Cheyenne for most of the trip, but had little to offer late.
Completing the order of finish were Anniversary Girl, Secret Cove and You’llalwaysbemine. Bwana Babe was a veterinarian scratch earlier in the day.
Although Talamo missed in the feature, he won three other races Thursday, including two wins for trainer Mike Mitchell – Lil Miss Macky in the second and Potesta, who prevailed by 11 ½ lengths as the 3-5 favorite in the fourth. Talamo’s other victory came with Rude Bobby in the eighth.
Racing resumes Friday. Post time is 1 p.m.
This is the only Friday afternoon program during the Spring/Summer meet. Gates will open at 7 a.m. The first import from Churchill Downs is 7:30 a.m. The main event at the Louisville track is the Kentucky Oaks.
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