INGLEWOOD, Calif. (May 12, 2010)-Red Door Drive, the longest shot in the field at nearly 11-1, and Martin Pedroza held off Red Eye Express and hot riding Rafael Bejarano to win the $48,456 feature on Wednesday at Hollywood Park.
The main event was one of two races Bejarano, who took over the lead in the jockey standings, did not win as the third week of the spring-summer meet began.
Continuing a hot streak that began on May 2, Bejarano won with five of his seven mounts. It was the second quintuple of his career at Hollywood Park. The other five win day came on April 25, 2009.
Bejarano, who has won eight riding titles since he made California his base in 2007, increased his total through 14 days to 23 wins, three more than Tyler Baze. The native of Arequipa, Peru has won with 19 of his last 44 mounts. He’s had seven consecutive multiple win days.
After sitting out the first race, Bejarano won the second with Super Sophie ($3.20), then swept the fourth, fifth and sixth with Gotham Devil ($8.80), Camp Victory ($7.40) and Candy Lion ($4) before capping his day in the eighth with Sweet Hanni ($4.40). Good Vibration, his mount in the third, finished fifth.
Giving trainer Bob Baffert his second win on Wednesday, Red Door Drive, a 5-year-old Sky Mesa horse out of the Sandpit mare Sheza Nasty Lady, sat second behind clear leader Warren’s Pepe, got the lead early in the stretch, then dug in when challenged to prevail by a head. The final time for the 1 1/16 miles was 1:42.72.
Owned by Arnold Zetcher LLC, Red Door Drive won for the third time in his last four starts. Bred in Kentucky by Cloyce Clark, he is 4-for-18 lifetime and has earned $124,680.
Worse than third only once in eight starts for Baffert, whose other win came with third race favorite Subsidized, Red Door Drive paid $23.60, $11.20 and $5.80. Red Eye Express, an Irish bred son of Giant’s Causeway making his U.S. debut for trainer Neil Drysdale and owner Neil Jones, returned $7.80 and $5.20. Warren’s Pepe, looking for his second win in a row after capturing the Santana Mile on April 10 at Santa Anita, paid $4.40 to show while finishing 2 ½ lengths behind Red Eye Express.
Never, Turf And Sky, Believe In Hope, the 7-5 favorite, and Gothic Samurai completed the order of finish.
The racing week continues Thursday. Post time is 1 p.m. for the eight race card.
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