INGLEWOOD, Calif. (November 9, 2012)—A first out winner last month at Santa Anita, Home Journey was even more impressive in the $49,400 feature for California breds Friday (video) at Betfair Hollywood Park.
Facing eight other 2-year-old fillies, the daughter of Good Journey broke on top, relaxed nicely under jockey Aaron Gryder, then kicked away at the top of the stretch to prevail by 8 ¼ lengths.
Owned by GGG Stables and Russell J. Sarno and trained by Mike Puype, Home Journey, the 5-2 favorite, completed the 6 ½ furlongs over Cushion Track in 1:17.56.
Dismissed at nearly 27-1 when a gate-to-wire winner Oct. 13 over conventional dirt, Home Journey, who is out of the Came Home mare Goodtobehome, paid $7.40, $4.20 and $2.80. She’s earned $58,800 in two starts.
Well off the pace early after breaking from the inside under jockey Rafael Bejarano, Akiss Forarose, a 7-2 shot, rallied for second, three-quarters of a length in front of 5-2 second choice Sacred Delight. A debut winner at 24-1 during the Spring/Summer meet, Akiss Forarose returned $4.40 and $2.60. The show price on Sacred Delight was $3.
Racing will resume Saturday. Post time is 12:30 p.m. Track gates will open at 10 a.m.
Hall of Fame trainer Bob Baffert will try for a second consecutive win in the $100,000 Real Quiet Stakes when he sends out Carving in the day’s main event. A prep for the Grade I, $750,000 guaranteed CashCall Futurity, which will be run Dec. 15, the Real Quiet is the third of nine races and is for 2-year-olds at 1 1/16 miles over Cushion Track.
This is also the first Saturday – of six during the Autumn meet – that will feature a guaranteed Pick Six pool of $150,000. If the pool reaches $200,000, there will be $1 Happy Hour specials – food and drink – at Whittingham’s Pub.
Additionally, if there is a single winning ticket in the Pick Six – purchased either on track or through Television Games Network (TVG) – the holder of the ticket will receive a bonus – a 2013 Toyota Prius courtesy of Toyota of Orange.
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