INGLEWOOD, Calif. (June 21, 2009) — Irish-bred Oil Man rallied from fifth in the final furlong under jockey Joel Rosario to score a one-length victory over pacesetter Arcodoro in Sunday’s $100,000 Cinema Handicap at Hollywood Park.
Oil Man, the 2-1 second choice in the field of six 3-year-olds, covered 1 1/8 miles on the Lakeside Turf Course in 1:48.72 while winning his second straight race and third in ten starts.
The son of Pyrus disappointed while running seventh on a yielding turf course at Keeneland in April, but he has made no mistakes since then.
“I wanted to stay a little closer today because there wasn’t a lot of speed in the race,” Rosario said. “I asked him for run turning for home and he responded real good. He finished up real strong.”
Oil Man, owned by Tommy Town Thoroughbreds and trained by John Sadler, banked $60,000 to increase his earnings to $107,194.
“He showed that he really wants long distance,” Sadler said. “He’ll stay forever. We were a little concerned with the scratches that there wouldn’t be much pace. Sometimes it’s a galloping pace, it wasn’t even that fast a pace and they all kind of bunched up. Where this horse has a chance to make a dent is in some mile-and-one-quarter, mile-and-one-half races.”
Arcodoro, the highest price on the board at 17-1 under Joseph Talamo, ran gamely through the stretch, hanging on for second money by a neck over favorite Massone and jockey Garrett Gomez.
“He had a great trip,” Talamo said. “I just rode him like my man Eric Guillot said and it worked out pretty good. He told me to go for the lead and if we go anywhere near :48, we’ll be in pretty good shape. For a maiden, he ran a winning race.”
Oil Man paid $6.40, $3.40 and $2.80. Arcodoro returned $10.40 and $4.40, while the show payoff on Massone was $2.40.
“I had a perfect trip,” Gomez said. “I saved all the ground on both turns, split horses and didn’t have to come off the fence too much. But I pointed him for the hole and he didn’t quicken very much — just kind of stayed at the same pace.”
Rosario rode his 55th and 56th winners of the meeting to move into a tie atop the jockeys’ standings with Rafael Bejarano. Doug O’Neill, who holds a commanding lead in the trainers’ standings with 29 wins, saddled a pair of winners.
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