INGLEWOOD, Calif. (May 17, 2013)—Unplaced in two previous starts over Cushion Track, Batti Man, a 12-1 shot, gamely held off favored Rousing Sermon by a nose to win the $61,170 feature Friday at Betfair Hollywood Park.
After battling up front with eventual third place finisher Congenial, who was only a head behind the runner-up, Batti Man was able to prevail over the 11-10 choice, who rallied between horses in the stretch after saving ground throughout under Rafael Bejarano.
Trained by Dan Hendricks for Tom Mansor and Tachycardia Stables, Batti Man completed the 1 1/16 miles under jockey Brice Blanc in 1:43.65. He paid $27.20, $9.40 and $5.80.
The victory was the first in 13 starts in the United States for the 5-year-old Argentine bred. His last win before Friday came in his native country in a $19,100 allowance Sept. 23, 2011.
A 5-year-old gelded son of Manipulator and the El Sembrador mare Siembra Pasion, Batti Man has won three of 17 in his career and earned $117,284.
Batti Man was claimed for $32,000 by his current connections Jan. 12 at Santa Anita. His best finish in three previous races for Hendricks was a second in an optional claimer Feb. 22 in Arcadia.
Rousing Sermon, who had ended an extended losing streak of his own with a nose win in an optional claimer April 14 at Santa Anita, paid $2.80 and $2.60. It was the third runner-up effort in five Cushion Track appearances for the 4-year-old Lucky Pulpit gelding.
Congenial, a shipper from Oaklawn Park who was seeking his fourth win in his fifth start of 2013 for trainer Cody Autrey, returned $4.40 to show. The 6-1 fourth choice finished a half-length in front of 9-2 shot American Blend.
Completing the order of finish were 2011 Swaps Stakes winner Dreamy Kid, Majestic Moment, Soul Candy and Jaycito. Shaun Washington was scratched.
In conjunction with the 138th running of the Preakness Stakes, Betfair Hollywood Park will have an early 11 a.m. post time when racing resumes Saturday.
Track gates will open at 8 a.m. The first simulcast from Pimlico will go at approximately 8:30 a.m. Scheduled post time for the Preakness is 3:18 p.m. PDT, so it will be shown locally between the eighth and ninth races.
The Saturday program features a stakes doubleheader – the $150,000 Marjorie L. Everett Handicap, a Grade II for older females at 1 1/16 miles and the $100,000 Fran’s Valentine Stakes for older fillies and mares bred or sired in California at one mile on turf. The Everett is the 10th of 11 races while the Fran’s Valentine is the fifth.
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