INGLEWOOD, Calif. (November 6, 2010)—Making his first start beyond seven furlongs, Comma to the Top rolled to an easy victory in the $100,000 Real Quiet Stakes Saturday at Hollywood Park.
One race after Comma to the Top’s heroics, Courtside Action’s $259.20 stunner triggered a Pick Six carryover of $57,067 when racing resumes Sunday. Post time is 12:30 p.m.. The Pick Six begins in the fourth race.
In addition, there is a Super High Five carryover of $40,441.
Quickly establishing command from his outside post under jockey Corey Nakatani, Comma to the Top, a 2-year-old Bwana Charlie gelding out of the Stormy Atlantic mare Maggies Storm, disposed of closest pursuer Dime after six furlongs, then pulled away in the stretch to win by 6 ¼ lengths.
Trained by Peter Miller for owners Gary Barber, Roger Birnbaum and Kevin Tsujihara, Comma to the Top won for the third time in succession and is 4-for-8 lifetime. The $60,000 payday pushed his earnings to $116,600. He ran the 1 1/16 miles over Cushion Track in 1:43.56.
The first stakes win for the Florida bred came on the heels of consecutive sprint victories last month at Golden Gate Fields. Comma to the Top won those allowance races by a combined 10 lengths.
Prayer for Relief, stretching out for trainer Bob Baffert after a victory against $50,000 maidens Oct. 10, was a clear second, 4 ¾ lengths in front of Clearance Clarence.
The 4-1 third choice in a field reduced to eight after Clubhouse Ride and Hollywood Fierce were scratched, Comma to the Top paid $10.20, $6 and $4.20.
Prayer for Relief, who was nearly 13-1, returned $11.40 and $6.60. The show payoff on Clearance Clarence was $4.60.
“Pete and I believed down the road he would be a good two-turn horse,’’ said Nakatani, who also won the 2007 Real Quiet with Colonel John. “He’s a little bit green, but he has a high cruising speed like In Excess had and Bertrando had. He’s a horse similar to them.
“The horse ran a great race today and Pete did a great job. I tried to steal away a little on the turn because he was going so easy. He’s a free running horse.’’
Divine Child finished fourth in the Real Quiet, then came Jakesam, the 2-1 favorite, Celestic Night, Wealty Aviator and Dime.
Owned in partnership by trainer Rafael DeLeon, Courtside Action earned his first win in his ninth lifetime start. The win price was the seventh largest in Hollywood Park history. It was the biggest since Partner’s Hope returned $269.80 when winning May 27, 1972.
The feature attraction Sunday is the $100,000 Sharp Cat Stakes. An ungraded race for 2-year-old fillies at 1 1/16 miles over Cushion Track, the Sharp Cat is a prep for the $250,000-guaranteed Hollywood Starlet Dec. 11.
Five of the six entered in the Sharp Cat are coming off victories, including Teddy’s Promise, a 7 ¾ length winner against maidens Oct. 17. Joel Rosario rides the daughter of Salt Lake for owner-breeders Ted and Judy Nichols and trainer David Hofmans, who has won two of the first four runnings of the Sharp Cat.
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