INGLEWOOD, Calif. (November 16, 2012)—A return to the Betfair Hollywood Park turf course helped Ain’t No Other end an 11-race losing streak in the $69,440 allowance feature (video) Friday.
After a pace pressing trip under leading jockey Rafael Bejarano, the 4-year-old Old Topper gelding remained perfect in two starts at six furlongs over the Betfair Hollywood Park turf. His first local grass win came in the Harry Henson Stakes April 21, 2011.
The 3-1 second choice in the field of five, the California bred, who is owned by breeder Tommy Town Thoroughbreds and trained by Hall of Famer Jerry Hollendorfer, gained the advantage from pacesetter Canuletmedowneasy in midstretch, then repelled challenges from favored Circa’sgoldengear and Willyconker. The margin of victory was a neck and the final time was 1:08.97.
Out of the Shadeed mare Miami Margie, Ain’t No Other returned $8.20, $3.20 and $2.80. Circa’sgoldengear, the 17-10 choice, paid $2.80 and $2.20. He finished a half-length in front of Willyconker, the winner of the Grade I Kilroe Mile earlier in the year and making his first appearance since finishing ninth of 10 in the Grade II Mervyn Muniz, Jr. Handicap April 1 at the Fair Grounds. The show price on Willyconker was $3.20.
The win was the first for Ain’t No Other since he won the the Livermore Valley Wine Stakes as the even money favorite July 1, 2011 at Pleasanton. The bay has won seven of 20 in his career and earned $350,103.
Clubhouse Ride finished a neck behind Willyconker and Canuletmedowneasy, who had won two of his previous three races over the Betfair Hollywood Park turf, was last.
Racing will resume Saturday. Post time is 12:30 p.m. Track gates will open at 10 a.m.
Red Sun is the top weight at 121 pounds in the day’s feature, the $75,000 On Trust Handicap. A 7 ½ furlong race over Cushion Track, the On Trust is for older California breds. It is the eighth of nine races.
This is also the second Saturday – of six during the Autumn meet – that will feature a guaranteed Pick Six pool of $150,000. If the pool reaches $200,000, there will be $1 Happy Hour specials – food and drink – at Whittingham’s Pub. The pool was $217,133 a week ago and there is a carryover of $31,285 after there were no winning tickets Friday.
Additionally, if there is a single perfect ticket in the Pick Six – purchased either on track or through Television Games Network (TVG) – the holder of the ticket will receive a bonus – a 2013 Toyota Prius courtesy of Toyota of Orange.
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