INGLEWOOD, Calif. (November 29, 2012)—Candrea wore down heavily-favored stablemate Mamma Kimbo in the closing yards, ending a seven race losing streak in the $52,350 allowance feature Thursday (video) at Betfair Hollywood Park.
Winning for the first time since taking the Phil D. Shepherd Stakes Sept. 16, 2011 at Fairplex Park, Candrea, the 10-1 fourth choice in the field of six, completed the 6 ½ furlongs over Cushion Track in 1:17.69.
Owned by Mike Pegram, Karl Watson and Paul Weitman and trained by Hall of Famer Bob Baffert, Candrea was ridden by Martin Garcia as she won for the third time in 10 starts.
A 3-year-old daughter of Trippi and the American Chance mare Burn Brightly, Candrea paid $23.60, $7.20 and $4.40. The Florida bred boosted her earnings to $163,980.
Well positioned early while Mamma Kimbo, the 7-10 choice who was making her first start for Baffert since finishing fourth in the Grade II Black Eyed Susan May 18 at Pimlico, set the pace, Candrea rallied outside the eventual runner-up to win by a neck.
Winner of the Grade II Fantasy at Oaklawn Park in her second start last April 11 after a 5 ¼ length debut score at Santa Anita, Mamma Kimbo quickly opened a clear advantage under Hall of Fame rider Mike Smith, disposed of a challenge from 5-2 second choice Sister Moon, but couldn’t hold on in her first race over a synthetic surface.
Mamma Kimbo paid $2.80 and $2.20. The show price on Candy and Thunder, who was three lengths back in third, was $3.20. True Way of Grace, Sister Moon and Vision in Gold, the winner of the Grade II Santa Maria in 2011, completed the order of finish.
The Candrea-Mamma Kimbo was the second consecutive 1-2 finish for Baffert Thursday. The Brain, the 7-5 favorite owned by Arnold Zetcher LLC, defeated first time starter Indian Gods by three lengths in the day’s sixth race. Garcia also rode The Brain, a 3-year-old son of Street Sense.
The double by Baffert enabled him to take over the lead in the trainer’s standings. Through 13 days, Baffert has 10 victories, one more than John Sadler.
Garcia and Edwin Maldonado were the only jockeys with more than one win Thursday. Maldonado is second in the standings with 14 wins, one less than leader Rafael Bejarano. Garcia is next with 13.
Racing will resume Friday. Post time is 12:30 p.m. Track gates will open at 10 a.m.
As part of Fiesta Friday, food and drink specials, including Mexican munchies, are available between 2-4 p.m. and Gold Club members can enter to win a $100 mutuel voucher.
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