INGLEWOOD, Calif. (June 10, 2011)—Color of Courage is now 2-for-2 as a gelding after another impressive victory in the $61,600 allowance feature Friday night at Hollywood Park.
Returned to action last month after being sidelined for more than 1 ½ years, the 4-year-old son of Came Home and the Holy Bull mare Color Magic overcame a second consecutive troubled beginning to win going away against a field that included four graded stakes winners.
Owned by breeders John and Cheryl Toffan and trained by Paco Gonzalez, Color of Courage, the 5-2 second choice, had only one rival beat after a half-mile, began his rally into the stretch, then found a seam between horses in the final sixteenth of a mile under jockey Mike Smith to win with something in reserve.
A 25-1 shot when he defeated lesser May 15 in his Cushion Track debut, Color of Courage paid $7, $3.80 and $3.20. He ran the seven furlongs in 1:21.66 while prevailing by three-quarters of a length.
Red Door Drive, who lost for the first time in three starts on the Hollywood Park main track, returned $7.20 and $5.80 while finishing three-quarters of a length in front of Tres Borrachos.
Making his first start since last Sept. 26 at Fairplex Park and initial appearance for trainer Marty Jones, Tres Borrachos, who was nearly 17-1, gained third by a half-length over 11-1 shot Bet On Victor. The show payoff on Tres Borrachos, who won the 2008 Swaps Stakes, was $8.60.
Successful twice in four races as a 2-year-old in 2009, Color of Courage improved to 4-for-6 lifetime and has yet to finish worse than third. The $36,000 payday boosted his earnings to $132,240.
Completing the order of finish were pacesetter Matto Mondo, Golden Itiz, Slew the Man, Supreme Summit, the 2-1 favorite, and Coffee Boy.
Racing resumes Saturday. In conjunction with the simulcast of the 143rd Belmont Stakes, post time is 11 a.m.
There are four stakes races on the 11 race program at Hollywood Park, topped by the $250,000 Charles Whittingham Memorial Handicap. A Grade I at 1 ¼ miles on turf, the Whittingham features defending champion Acclamation, multiple stakes winner Bourbon Bay and four others.
The other graded events are the $150,000 Honeymoon Handicap for 3-year-old fillies at 1 1/8 miles on turf and the $100,000 Affirmed Handicap for 3-year-olds at 1 1/16 miles over Cushion Track. The ungraded race is the $70,000 Cinderella Stakes for 2-year-old fillies at 5 ½ furlongs.
Hollywood Park will also play host to 25 gourmet food trucks. The trucks will be situated at the North Park Lawn. Track gates will open at 8 a.m. The first of 13 imports from Belmont Park is scheduled for 8:35 a.m. The Belmont Stakes will be run between the eighth and ninth races at Hollywood Park. Post time is 3:35 p.m. PDT.
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