INGLEWOOD, Calif. (July 5, 2013)—Customer Base relished a stretch to 1 ¼ miles, defeating stablemate Midnight Music and four others in the $72,350 Lucie Manet Stakes Friday night at Betfair Hollywood Park.
Racing beyond 8 ½ furlongs for the first time in her career, the 4-year-old Lemon Drop Kid filly sat well off the pace set by runaway leader Little Emily, took over from Miss Pippa with about a sixteenth of a mile remaining and held the 8-5 favorite safe.
Ridden by Hall of Famer Mike Smith, Customer Base, who is out of the Tale of the Cat mare Little Cat Feet, completed the trip on turf in 2:01.97. The 1 ½-length win was her fourth in 13 starts for Glen Hill Farm and trainer Tom Proctor. The dark bay has earned $211,482.
Third in the Great Lady M. Stakes May 26 and second in the Redondo Beach June 9 in her first two appearances of the Spring/Summer meet, Customer Base paid $8.60, $4.60 and $2.60 as the 3-1 third choice.
Making her initial start in California after finishing third in her United States debut in the $62,000 Keertana Stakes May 18 at Churchill Downs, Midnight Music finished 1 ¼ lengths in front of 2-1 second choice Miss Pippa.
Currently in foal to former Australian champion Lonhro, Midnight Music, a 5-year-old, Irish-bred daughter of Dubawi, paid $3.20 and $2.20. The show price on Miss Pippa was $2.40.
“They both ran great,’’ said Proctor. “(Smith) just had a little more horse power. It’s nice to see this filly get a stakes win. She’d been second and third a couple of times. (Midnight Music) is also a quality mare.’’
Completing the order of finish were Little Emily, who had a seven-length advantage after the opening half-mile, Madera Castana and Caelis, who was pulled up on the backstretch by jockey Rafael Bejarano.
Third in the Grade II Santa Barbara Handicap April 20 at Santa Anita, the 5-year-old Avonbridge mare was vanned off with an apparent injury to her left front leg.
Racing resumes Saturday. Post time is 1 p.m. Track gates will open at 9:55 a.m. for simulcasts.
The main event is the Grade I, $500,000 Hollywood Gold Cup, which is for older horses at 1 ¼ miles over Cushion Track. The supporting feature is the Grade II, $150,000 Royal Heroine Mile for fillies and mares on turf.
The Gold Cup goes as the ninth race while the Royal Heroine is the fifth.
There is also a giveaway of a DVD commemorating Hollywood Park’s 75th anniversary. Filled with historic clips and interviews, the DVD will be offered one per paid admission while supplies last.
Additionally, there’s a $500 hat contest and Hall of Fame trainer Jack Van Berg will be signing his book “Jack From Grit to Glory’’ near the Paddock Tote Board between 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m.
Laffit Pincay, Jr. will present the 10th annual award named in his honor to fellow Hall of Fame jockey Eddie Delahoussaye between the fifth and sixth races.
This will also be the eighth of nine Saturdays during the Spring/Summer meet offering a guaranteed Pick Six pool of $150,000.
If the Pick Six pool exceeds $200,000 Saturday or July 13, there will be $1 Happy Hour food and drink specials offered at Whittingham’s Pub and the Betfair Players’ Lounge.
A single winning ticket – purchased either at Betfair Hollywood Park or through Television Games Network (TVG)- earns a bonus – a 2013 Toyota Prius courtesy of Toyota of Orange.
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