INGLEWOOD, Calif. (July 10, 2011)—Making his second start after a layoff, Golden Itiz ran past Red Door Drive in the closing yards to win the $70,000 allowance feature Sunday at Hollywood Park.
Upsets were the rule later in the card, so there will be Pick 6 carryover of $108,788 when racing resumes Thursday. Post time is 1 p.m. The Pick 6 will begin in the third race. Scheduled post time is 2:03 p.m.
The half-length victory from off the pace by Golden Itiz, a 4-year-old Tiznow colt out of the Dixieland Band mare Golden Tiy, was his third in four races over Cushion Track. One of his wins for owners Mace and Samantha Siegel’s Jay Em Ess Stable and trainer Ron Ellis was the Grade III Affirmed Handicap in 2010.
Now 4-for-7 in his career, Golden Itiz, who had been away for some 10 months prior to his sixth place finish in an allowance June 10, was ridden by Tyler Baze. He completed the seven furlongs Sunday in 1:22.68.
Increasing his bankroll to $160,480, Golden Itiz saved ground early while fourth in the field of five, was shuffled back a bit approaching the far turn, was maneuvered to the outside for the stretch, then finished well to win at 4-1.
A $240,000 yearling purchase at the Keeneland September sale in 2008, Golden Itiz paid $10.40, $4.80 and $3.
First or second in his four starts over Cushion Track, Red Door Drive, the 2-1 second choice, paid $3 and $2.40.
Indian Firewater, the 3-2 favorite who set the pace, was third, 2 ¼ lengths behind Red Door Drive. He returned $2.20 to show. Red Door Drive and Indian Firewater are trained by Bob Baffert, the leading trainer at the Spring/Summer meet.
Making his first start since he checked in 11th in the 2010 Kentucky Derby, American Lion was fourth, weakening a bit in the final furlong after being Indian Firewater’s closest pursuer for more than half of the journey. Red Eye Express completed the order of finish.
Jockey Patrick Valenzuela, who was unseated when Sunburn stumbled badly shortly after the start of the fourth race Friday night, took off his final two mounts Sunday due to lingering soreness. Valenzuela did not ride Saturday.
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