Miss Pleasant Goes Back-To-Back, Upsets At 12-1; Final Starter For Trainer Greg Gilchrist A Winner

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Posted 05.05.10 at 4:49

Miss Pleasant led throughout to win Wednesday's seventh giving jockey Joel Rosario a riding triple. © Benoit Photo Island of Zen takes the fifth race to send retiring trainer Greg Gilchrist out a winner. © Benoit Photo Gilchrist and Rosario wish each other well after Rosario guided Island of Zen to victory. © Benoit Photo

INGLEWOOD, Calif. (May 5, 2010)-The second longest shot in the field at 12-1, Miss Pleasant led throughout to win the seventh race on Wednesday at Hollywood Park.

Trained by Richard Mandella for Diamond A Racing Corporation, the 4-year-old daughter of Pleasantly Perfect out of the Spend A Buck mare Harvest The Gold won her second in a row. She had defeated maidens by 2 ¼ lengths on Feb. 12 at Golden Gate Fields.

Off the board in the first three races of her career, Miss Pleasant, who provided jockey Joel Rosario with his third win of the day, increased her earnings to $47,320.

In the $44,400 first level allowance race for older fillies and mares, Miss Pleasant ran the 1 1/16 miles in 1:43.56 while winning by 1 ¾ lengths. She paid $26, $9,40 and $3.20.

Broken Silence, the 2-1 second choice under Rafael Bejarano, tracked throughout and wound up 4 ¾ lengths clear of third place finisher Diamond Tags. Broken Silence paid $3.80 and $2.20. The 4-5 favorite, Diamond Tags made a mild bid while wide around the turn, but weakened. She finished a nose in front of Victoria Reel. The show price on Diamond Tags, who was ridden by Martin Garcia, was $2.10. Silver Games and Miss Mojito completed the order of finish.

Earlier in the day, retiring trainer Greg Gilchrist went out a winner when 11-10 favorite Island Of Zen took the fifth, a $25,000 claimer for 3-year-old fillies.

The half-length win by Island Of Zen, a Stormy Atlantic filly owned by RAD Stables and ridden by Rosario, was the 1,529th of Gilchrist’s career and increased his purse earnings to over $24.56 million.

The most accomplished horse Gilchrist, 62, trained was Lost In The Fog, the Eclipse Award winning sprinter of 2005. He also trained California bred champions Soviet Problem and Work The Crowd as well as stakes winners such as High Resolve, Wild Wonder and Wild Promises.

Racing resumes on Thursday at Hollywood Park. Post time is 1 p.m.

Gates will open at 10:15 a.m. There is a massive Pick Six carryover of $947,641 at Churchill Downs. The Pick Six begins with Churchill’s fifth race. Post time locally for that event is 11:53 a.m.
The highlight of Hollywood Park’s card is a meeting of two Grade 1 winners in the second race.

M One Rifle, who has been sidelined since winning the Malibu on Dec. 26 at Santa Anita and Cost Of Freedom, who captured the 2008 Ancient Title, will square off in the $50,000 optional claimer at six furlongs.

Mike Smith will take his usual place atop M One Rifle, who has won four of eight for trainer and part owner Bruce Headley. Leading jockey Tyler Baze will ride Cost Of Freedom, who has been away since finishing third, beaten by a head, in the Breeders’ Cup Sprint last Nov. 7.


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