Another Easy Victory For Favored Rapport; Pick Six Carryover ($63,149) Awaits Friday Night

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Posted 06.16.10 at 4:44

Rapport wins Wednesday's sixth to make it two wins in a row in California. © Benoit Photo Apprentice jockey Johnny Gihua earns his first victory in North America, guiding El Scorpio to a 12-1 upset in the seventh. © Benoit Photo

INGLEWOOD, Calif. (June 16, 2010)-Rapport made it two wins in a row in California, easily dispatching six rivals in a $44,058 allowance on Wednesday at Hollywood Park.

Even though Rapport was heavily favored at 9-10, there were plenty of upsets in the Pick Six, so there will be a carryover of $63,149 when racing resumes Friday night. Post time is 7:05 p.m. Hollywood Park will be open for simulcasts only Thursday, beginning at 10:15 a.m. General admission is free.

Owned by Thoroughbred Legends Racing Stable and trained by Bob Baffert, the 3-year-old Songandaprayer filly out of the At The Threshold mare Irene’s Talkin quickly established command under jockey Martin Garcia and was never menaced at any point.

The win in Wednesday’s sixth was reminiscent of her 5 ¼ length maiden breaker on May 22, her initial start of 2010 and first for Baffert.

In three races in Kentucky and New York as a 2-year-old, Rapport, who was purchased for $475,000 as a yearling in 2008, managed to finish in front of only one horse.

Bred in Kentucky by Glencrest Farm LLC, Rapport cruised home by 4 ¾ lengths Wednesday, covering the six furlongs over Cushion Track in 1:08.99. Cost Of Freedom ran the fastest six furlongs of the meet on May 6, winning in 1:08.36.

A winner of two of five, Rapport pushed her earnings to $51,294. She returned $3.80, $3 and $2.40.

Toro Bonito, a 9-1 shot also trained by Baffert, finished second, a half-length in front of 7-2 second choice Madel. Toro Bonito paid $7.20 and $3.60. The show price on Madel was $2.40.

Baffert also finished 1-2 in the third race when Premier Cru defeated favored Tweebster in a $42,400 maiden route.

One race after Rapport’s victory, apprentice jockey Johnny Gihua earned his first victory in North America, guiding El Scorpio to a 12-1 upset in a $43,688 optional claimer on turf.

Peru’s top apprentice in 2009, Gihua, 24, had failed to win with his first 35 mounts at Hollywood Park before El Scorpio defeated Derive by a half-length as the longest shot in a field of four.

Providing trainer Doug O’Neill with the second of his three wins Wednesday, El Scorpio ran the six furlongs in 1:08.25.

It was the second victory in six starts for the 4-year-old gelded son of Vindication and the Distorted Humor mare Then She Laughs. El Scorpio, who has earned $50,200, is owned by Westside Rentals.com and W.C. Racing, Inc.

The triple enabled O’Neill to increase his lead in the trainer’s race. He has 23 victories, four more than Mike Mitchell.

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