Another Gate-To-Wire Victory For Miss Ellany; John Sadler Clinches S/S Training Title

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Posted 07.12.13 at 4:55

Edwin Maldonado guides Miss Ellany to victory in the Friday feature. © Benoit Photo

INGLEWOOD, Calif. (July 12, 2013)—Miss Ellany made it consecutive gate-to-wire wins over the Betfair Hollywood Park turf course, prevailing by 2 ¼ lengths in Friday’s $57,000 feature.

Conditioned by John Sadler, who has clinched his fourth training title at BHP, for Hronis Racing LLC, the 4-year-old Kodiac filly out of the Rainbow Quest mare Rainbowskia, Miss Ellany established a clear advantage exiting the first turn and wasn’t seriously menaced the rest of the way under jockey Edwin Maldonado.

An Irish bred who was defeated by a combined 59 lengths in her first three starts in the United States, Miss Ellany preceded Friday’s victory with a 1 ½-length score in a $55,722 allowance June 15.

A winner of four of 14, Miss Ellany has banked $84,285. She completed the mile in 1:34.89 and paid $3.60, $2.40 and $2.10 as the 4-5 favorite.

Freedom Reigns, who trailed for most of the eight furlongs, rallied strongly for second, finishing 5 ¼ lengths in front of Koko Loca.

The 2-1 second choice, Freedom Reigns paid $2.80 and $2.20 while the show price on Koko Loca was $3.

High Jinks and Creditcardroulette completed the order of finish.

Miss Ellany’s victory was the 27th of the Spring/Summer meet for Sadler, leaving him six in front of Mike Puype, who only has five horses left to run the final two days of the season.

Sadler, who will turn 57 July 30, won his first S/S title in 2008 and also led the Autumn meet in 2007 and 2009.

The jockey’s race remains a three-pronged battle. Joe Talamo, who is seeking his first local title, has 50 victories, leaving him two up on defending S/S champion Rafael Bejarano and three ahead of Maldonado, who won the 2012 Autumn meet.

Racing resumes Saturday. Post time is 1 p.m. Track gates will open at 9:55 a.m. for simulcasts.

The richest of four stakes on the 10-race program is the $350,000 American Oaks, a Grade I for 3-year-old fillies at 1 ¼ miles on turf. The field is topped by Emollient, nine-length winner of the Grade I Ashland April 6 at Keeneland. The American Oaks goes as the ninth race.

Immediately preceding the Oaks is the $200,000 A Gleam Handicap, a Grade II for older females at seven furlongs over Cushion Track.

The A Gleam is a Breeders’ Cup Challenge “Win and You’re In’’ race. The BC nominated winner of the A Gleam receives a fees-paid spot in the Breeders’ Cup Filly and Mare Sprint, which will be run Nov. 1 at Santa Anita.

Additionally, there area pair of $150,000 races for 2-year-olds – the Grade III Hollywood Juvenile Championship and the Landaluce for fillies. Both are at six furlongs over Cushion Track.

This will also be last of nine Saturdays during the Spring/Summer meet offering a guaranteed Pick Six pool of $150,000.

If the Pick Six pool exceeds $200,000 Saturday, there will be $1 Happy Hour food and drink specials offered at Whittingham’s Pub and the Betfair Players’ Lounge.

A single winning ticket – purchased either at Betfair Hollywood Park or through Television Games Network (TVG)- earns a bonus – a 2013 Toyota Prius courtesy of Toyota of Orange.

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