INGLEWOOD, Calif. (May 7, 2010)-The addition of blinkers and a reunion with jockey Rafael Bejarano were beneficial as 9-1 shot Worth Repeating won for the second time this year on Friday night at Hollywood Park.
The upset by the 4-year-old was one of the catalysts for the first Pick Six carryover of the meet. The carryover for Saturday is $94,434.
The last of three wins for Bejarano, Worth Repeating rallied between horses in the stretch, got the lead with about a sixteenth of a mile to run, ultimately prevailing by three-quarters of a length in the $45,864 allowance.
Owned by Spendthrift Farm LLC and trained by Richard Mandella, the son of Giant’s Causeway out of the A.P. Indy mare Lady Nichola ran the mile on turf in 1:35.42. The victory boosted his earnings to $74,600.
Now 2-for-3 in tandem with Bejarano, Worth Repeating, bred in Kentucky by B. Wayne Hughes, paid $20, $7 and $4.20. Bring It Home, the 5-2 second choice, returned $4.20 and $3.20. The show price on El Martillo, who finished a half-length behind El Martillo, was $3.60. Tamarack Smarty, the 8-5 favorite, wound up fifth.
Two races before Worth Repeating’s victory, Dumaani’s Gold came through with a much bigger surprise, winning at 34-1 in the opening leg of the Pick Six.
The second longest shot in the field of $10,000 fillies and mares, the 5-year-old Dumaani mare finished well along the rail to win by a half-length. She paid $70 in giving Silvio Amador his first win of the spring-summer season. Amador began the night 0-for-31.
Trained by Herb Bacorn and owned by actor Dick Van Patten, Dumaani’s Gold won for the first time since defeating maidens on July 19, 2008 at Del Mar.
The final double digit winner on Friday night was Lethal Dose. The 5-year-old Game Plan horse took the eighth and final at 19-1. Lethal Dose, who returned $41.80, was ridden by apprentice Jesus Velasquez. It was the first victory of the jockey’s career. A native of San Juan, Puerto Rico, Velasquez, 19, won with his 14th career mount.
Post time for Saturday’s nine race card is 1 p.m. The Pick Six begins with the fourth.
The main event is the $150,000 Mervyn LeRoy Handicap, which features the 5-year-old debut of 2009 Hollywood Gold Cup winner Rail Trip.
Owned by Mace and Samantha Siegel’s Jay Em Ess Stable and trained by Ron Ellis, Rail Trip is the 6-5 morning line favorite in the Grade II at 1 1/16 miles.
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