INGLEWOOD, Calif. (December 19, 2010) — Comma to the Top, who won three stakes on two surfaces, including the $750,000 CashCall Futurity, was voted Horse of the Meet in the annual media poll as the Autumn meet concluded Sunday.
Owned by Gary Barber, Roger Birnbaum and Kevin Tsujihara and trained by Peter Miller, Comma to the Top, a gelded son of Bwana Charlie, won the Real Quiet on Cushion Track Nov. 6, switched to the turf to capture the Generous Nov. 27, then capped a sensational six weeks with a decisive victory in the Futurity, giving him the first Grade I of his career.
In addition, Comma to the Top, who has won six of 10 and earned $551,600, was selected top 2-year-old and was a unanimous choice as 2-year-old male.
Turbulent Descent, who became the first horse to win both the Moccasin Stakes and Hollywood Starlet, was a unanimous selection as 2-year-old filly.
Owned by a partnership that includes Blinkers On Racing Stables and Bill Strauss and trained by Mike Puype, Turbulent Descent won the Moccasin Nov. 21, then stretched out successfully to 1 1/16 miles three weeks later in the Grade I Starlet.
Other unanimous thoroughbred choices were Hollywood Derby upsetter Haimish Hy (3-year-old and 3-year-old male), Life Is Sweet Stakes and Bayakoa Handicap winner Washington Bridge (3-year-old filly), Native Diver Handicap hero Aggie Engineer (older male), Matriarch winner Gypsy’s Warning (older female and female turf horse) and Miles Tyson and Vernon O. Underwood Stakes winner Cost of Freedom (sprinter).
Victor’s Cry, who finished with a flourish to win the Citation Handicap; was selected turf horse and Bad Boy, who ran his victory streak to five with a hat trick during the meet, was honored as claiming horse.
On the human side, unanimous choices were Alex Gonzalez (apprentice jockey) and Joel Rosario (jockey). Rosario defended his Autumn title, finishing 12 winners in front of runner-up Rafael Bejarano.
Fresh off the biggest win of his career in the Futurity, Miller was voted top trainer. His stable led with earnings of $662,420 and he finished tied for second in the standings.
O’Neill wound up with 16 victories, two more than Sadler and Miller. O’ Neill had 104 starters at the meet, 50 more than Sadler and 69 more than Miller.
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