INGLEWOOD, Calif. (November 22, 2012)—Really Mr Greely, the longest price of the four 2-year-olds Hall of Fame trainer Bob Baffert started in the $100,000 Hollywood Prevue Stakes, led throughout to win the Grade III Thursday (video) at Betfair Hollywood Park.
Ridden by Julien Leparoux, the Horse Greeley colt established command immediately, relaxed through a moderate 46.31 half mile and had enough left to hold off favored Super Ninety Nine by a half-length.
The final time for the seven furlongs over Cushion Track was 1:22.84. Dismissed at 11-1 in the field of five, Really Mr Greely, who is out of the Forest Camp mare Mattie Camp, paid $24.60, $7.20 and $2.80.
Owned by Mike Pegram, Karl Watson and Paul Weitman, Really Mr Greely won for the second time in three starts. The $60,000 payday pushed his earnings to $85,620. The Prevue win came 18 days after he had defeated $100,000 maidens by 7 ½ lengths at Santa Anita.
The victory was a record sixth in the Prevue for Baffert and his second in a row, following So Brilliant’s half-length decision in 2011.
The 4-5 favorite on the strength of a debut win Oct. 7, Super Ninety Nine finished a neck in front of 2-1 second choice Shakin It Up. Super Ninety Nine returned $2.80 and $2.10 while the show price on Shakin It Up was $2.10.
Z Big Apple completed a Baffert sweep of the top four spots as he finished 1 ¼ lengths behind Shakin It Up and 3 ¾ lengths in front of the filly Heir Kitty, who is trained by Peter Miller.
“He broke sharp,’’ said Leparoux. “I wanted to be on the lead. He relaxed well and left me alone, which was beautiful, and when I asked him to go he answered nice.
“At the three-eighths pole, I felt they were coming at me, so I asked him to start going and he never really stopped.’’
The Pegram-Watson-Weitman partnership and Baffert also won the day’s third race with Fiftyshadesofhay.
Thanks to the victories, Baffert moved into a tie with John Sadler atop the trainer standings. Through nine days of the Autumm meet, Baffert and Sadler each have six wins, one more than Hall of Famer Jerry Hollendorfer.
Trainers Curtis Harvey and Angel Rodriguez celebrated Thanksgiving by collecting their first wins at Betfair Hollywood Park. Harvey won the fifth with Beau Royale while Rodriguez took the sixth with Private Affair.
Racing will resume Friday. Post time is 12:30 p.m. Track gates will open at 10 a.m.
The three-day Turf Festival begins with the Grade II, $250,000 Citation Handicap at 1 1/16 miles. The field of eight includes defending champion Jeranimo and 2011 Hollywood Derby winner Ultimate Eagle. The Citation is the ninth of 10 races.
This will also be the third Fiesta Friday, featuring food and drink specials, including Mexican munchies, between 2-4 p.m. and Gold Club members can enter to win a $100 mutuel voucher.
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