INGLEWOOD, Calif. (December 9, 2012)—Hall of Fame trainer Jerry Hollendorfer and jockey Martin Garcia teamed for their second stakes win in as many days when Doinghardtimeagain won the $196,000 Soviet Problem (video) Sunday at Betfair Hollywood Park.
A little more than 24 hours after the combination took the Grade II, $200,000 Bayakoa Stakes with Lady of Fifty, Garcia and Hollendorfer struck again for another come-from-behind victory.
Well positioned early behind a quick pace in the inaugural running of the Soviet Problem, a Golden State series race for 2-year-old California bred or sired fillies, Doinghardtimeagain moved up four wide to engage the leaders approaching the stretch before asserting her superiority in the final sixteenth.
Prompt as the 3-5 favorite against state bred maidens in her Cushion Track debut Nov. 9, the daughter of Ministers Wild Cat and the Conquistador Cielo mare Silver Hawk Lady covered the seven furlongs Sunday in 1:23.93. The margin of victory was 2 ¼ lengths.
No worse than second in four starts for owner-breeder Tommy Town Thoroughbreds LLC, Doinghardtimeagain has earned $198,500. The 6-1 third choice in a field of eight – reduced by the scratch of Tribal Custom – the dark bay paid $15.80, $6.20 and $5.
“The race came up exactly how I thought it would,’’ said Garcia. “There were a few speed horses and I wanted to lay on the outside where she could be really comfortable.
“I just let her pick it up on her own. The only thing I didn’t want to do was move too soon. When I asked her, she just left everybody.’’
Hollendorfer indicated Doinghardtimeagain will stretch to one mile in the filly division of the $300,000 California Breeders’ Champion Stakes Jan. 26 at Santa Anita.
Unusual Way, who had won consecutive stakes, including the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Filly Sprint Preview Nov. 3 at Santa Anita, for trainer Jeff Bonde, disposed of 7-10 favorite Home Journey, who wound up last, and Tilde, but was no match for the winner late.
The daughter of Unusual Heat returned $4 and $3 while finishing 4 ¼ lengths in front of Awe Golly Molly, the longest shot in the race at 69-1. The show price on Awe Golly Molly, who edged Tilde by a head, was $12.60.
Perfect in two prior starts, Home Journey made the lead through a rapid 21.98 opening quarter, remained one length clear through a 45.57 half, but faded quickly after being headed at the top of the stretch. She was virtually eased by jockey Aaron Gryder in the final eighth of a mile.
“She seems to be OK,’’ said Gryder. “I don’t know what it was – maybe they’ll see something at the barn (of trainer Mike Puype). It’s just not like her. She’s been training unbelievable. She cleared and was relaxed.
“She’s the kind of filly that when you get near her she wants to put her head in front, but there was no resistance today.’’
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