INGLEWOOD, Calif. (April 21, 2011)-Ain’t No Other made a successful transition to both Southern California and turf as he continued his win streak Thursday in the $85,900 Harry Henson Stakes, the opening day feature of the Spring/Summer meet at Hollywood Park.
Trained by Steve Miyadi for owner-breeder Tommy Town Thoroughbreds, Ain’t No Other, a 3-year-old Old Topper gelding out of the Shadeed mare Miami Margie, earned a fifth consecutive victory in his grass debut.
After finishing a distant fourth in initial start last July 11 at Pleasanton, the California bred began his roll with a maiden win at Sacramento 11 days later, then, after seven months on the sidelines, won three in succession over the Tapeta surface at Golden Gate Fields.
After pressing the pace outside Robie the Cat, Ain’t No Other took the lead in midstretch and went on to the three-quarters of a length victory despite some erratic behavior in the closing yards. He completed the six furlongs in 1:08.52.
Patrick Valenzuela rode the 5-1 shot and it was the first stakes victory during the Spring/Summer meet at Hollywood Park for Valenzuela since he won the Hollywood Breeders’ Cup Oaks aboard Hystericalady June 11, 2006.
Robie the Cat, the only member of the Henson field with prior experience on the Hollywood Park turf course, saved the place as the 7-2 third choice. He finished a half-length in front of Gig Harbor, another Northern California shipper who suffered his first loss after two wins at Golden Gate, then came Sinai, 19-10 favorite Diamond Geezah, Boxeur des Rues and Eric the Ram.
Rafael Bejarano, who was aboard the runner-up, claimed foul against the winner for alleged interference in the stretch, but it was dismissed by the stewards.
The win was the fifth in six starts for Ain’t No Other. He has earned $127,460. The winner paid $13.60, $6.80 and $4.20. Robie the Cat returned $4.60 and $3.40. The show price on Gig Harbor was $4.80.
“Nice way to open the meet, huh?’’ said Valenzuela. “Even though he’s never been on the turf, I was confident because Steve told me he could run and I knew I had a lot of horse underneath me. The horse Rafael was on was trying to get out around the turn, but I was able to collar him at the eighth pole and started to draw away.
“My horse kind of ducked in and out the last part. He ran a great race, just a little green on turf because he had never run on it.’’
The Player’s Pick 5, a 50-cent minimum bet which has a California low takeout rate of 14%, debuted Thursday. The total handle for the wager, which consists of the first five races daily, was $103,291. There were 236 winning tickets and each was worth $263.55. There were 3,870 tickets with four of five. The consolations paid $6.85.
About 10 minutes before Bejarano earned his second win of the day on Kate’s Event in the fourth race, Air Force One appeared in the skies over Hollywood Park. Air Force One landed a short while later at nearby Los Angeles International Airport as President Obama began his visit to Southern California.
Racing resumes Friday night. Post time is 7:05 p.m. There is a carryover in the Super High Five, which is offered each racing day in the final race. The carryover is $29,232.90
After the eight race program is concluded, the Friday night concert series of the 2011 Spring/Summer meet will kick off with Plain White T’s. The concerts are held at the North Park Lawn. Approximate start time is 10:30 p.m.
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