INGLEWOOD, Calif. (November 24, 2013)—Rousing Sermon gave his connections a sweep of the weekend stakes at Betfair Hollywood Park with a hard fought victory in the $100,750 On Trust Handicap Sunday.
Nearly 24 hours after Tamarando scored for owner-breeders Larry and Marianne Williams, Hall of Fame trainer Jerry Hollendorfer and jockey Rafael Bejarano in the Real Quiet, Rousing Sermon earned his second local win with a 1 ¼ length decision over favored Cyclometer.
Kept close to the slow early pace – 23.78 for the opening quarter mile – while in the clear, the 2-1 second choice moved up to engage Cyclometer and Spirit Rules around the turn, then got the best of the 17-10 favorite in the closing yards.
The win was the fifth in 23 starts for the 4-year-old son of Lucky Pulpit and the Awesome Again mare Rousing Again.The runner-up in the Grade I CashCall Futurity in 2011 completed the 7 ½ furlongs over Cushion Track in 1:29.73 in a race restricted to horses bred or sired in California.
In providing his connections with their first On Trust victory, Rousing Sermon, who has earned $687,842, paid $6.60, $3.20 and $2.40.
“I knew (Cyclometer) was the only speed and (jockey Mike Smith) would try to take advantage of that,’’ said Bejarano. “I just tried to get him to relax and at the quarter pole, I could see it was probably between (Rousing Sermon and Cyclometer). At that stage, I just let him go and my horse showed me a big kick.’’
An impressive winner in an optional claimer Nov. 7 – opening day of the final Autumn meet – Cylcometer returned $3 and $2.60 while finishing 1 ½ lengths in front of Mobilized, who rallied from last to complete the trifecta. The show price on Mobilized, the 2012 Tiznow Stakes winner, was $3.40.
Spirit Rules, the 6-1 third choice, was fourth, a head behind Mobilized, and he was followed by Luckarack, Maybe Tuesday, Starspangled Heat and Compari.
The On Trust win completed a double for Bejarano, enabling him to widen his lead in the jockey standings.
Through 12 days of a season that concludes Dec. 22, Bejarano has 20 victories, seven more than Joe Talamo. Martin Garcia is third with a dozen wins.
Hall of Famer Bob Baffert has a 9-7 advantage over John Sadler in the trainer’s race. Hollendorfer has six wins.
Racing resumes Thursday. Post time for the Thanksgiving program is 11 a.m. Track gates at Betfair Hollywood Park will open at 9:30 a.m. for simulcasts.
The Betfair Hollywood Park Players’ Club will be open for dark day simulcasts Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday. Admission is free.
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