INGLEWOOD, Calif. (June 25, 2010)-Making his first start in almost nine months, Bruce’s Dream was ready to roll, winning by one length as the 11-10 favorite in a $54,556 allowance Friday night at Hollywood Park.
Owned by breeder Bruce Corwin and trained by Mike Puype, the 4-year-old gelded son of Atticus out of the Smokester mare Remember Dorothy won for the fourth time in five starts.
With the victory in his first appearance over the Hollywood Park turf course, Bruce’s Dream increased his earnings to $152,940.
One of two California breds in the field of five – along with Rush With Thunder – Bruce’s Dream is undefeated in non-graded company.
His only loss was a third place finish behind eventual Breeders’ Cup Turf sprint winner California Flag in the Morvich Handicap, a Grade III, last Sept. 30 at Santa Anita.
Under Joe Talamo, who was riding the gray for the first time, Bruce’s Dream tracked the pace set by Sky Victor, the 5-2 second choice, took over inside the final eighth of a mile and won clear.
He returned $4.20, $2.80 and $2.10. The final time for the six furlongs was 1:09.01.
Afleet Ruler, the 9-2 third choice, rallied for second. It was the third time in five starts on turf the 5-year-old has been second. He paid $3.20 and $2.40.
The show price on Sky Victor, who had been sidelined since winning back-to-back grass races last fall, was $2.40. He finished a half-length behind Afleet Ruler. Brady Blue Eyes and Rush With Thunder completed the order of finish. Hidden Blessing was scratched.
Although he wasn’t close with Brady Blue Eyes, Joel Rosario did win three more races on Friday. He is 8-for-18 since the racing week began Wednesday. Rosario is third in the rider standings with 50 wins.
Rafael Bejarano, who won twice Friday evening, leads with 55. Tyler Baze is second with 51.
Racing resumes Saturday. Post time is 1 p.m.
The main event is the $100,000 Beverly Hills Handicap, a Grade III for fillies and mares at 1 ¼ miles on turf.
General Consensus, who was fifth behind Tuscan Evening in the Gamely, a Grade 1, on May 29, is the 2-1 morning line favorite. Bejarano will ride the 5-year-old Giant’s Causeway mare for the first time for Sierra Farm and trainer Paddy Gallagher.
Princess Taylor, Turning Top, Princess Haya, Pretty Katherine, Restless Soul, Lady Francesca and Catsalot are also scheduled to participate. The Beverly Hills is the eighth of nine races.
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