INGLEWOOD, Calif. (July 2, 2010)-Dotsy Jean won for the fifth time over the Hollywood Park turf course, holding off Minute Limit in the closing strides to take the $72,250 Culver City Stakes Friday night.
The 2-1 favorite – by a margin of $65 in the win pool – over the runner-up, Dotsy Jean, in her seventh appearance on the local grass, prevailed by a nose under Joel Rosario.
The Culver City score was the third of the evening for Rosario. He moved closer to leader Rafael Bejarano in the jockey race. With 11 days left in the meet, he has 57 wins, four fewer than Bejarano.
A 5-year-old daughter of Lit de Justice out of the Pentelicus mare Grandjean, Dotsy Jean won for the 10th time in 31 lifetime outings. Owned by A JM Racing LLC and J B K Stable and trained by Marty Jones, the California bred gray increased her earnings to $318,133.
Breaking from the outside in a field of five – reduced after Stanford Dolly and Expensive Art were scratched – Dotsy Jean quickly established command, was challenged by Minute Limit early in the stretch and was able to get the nod.
On the board in nine of 13 on grass, Dotsy Jean paid $6.80, $3.80 and $2.20. Minute Limit returned $3.40 and $2.20. Porto Marmay, who finished a half-length behind Minute Limit, paid $2.40 to show. Enumclaw Girl and Bonifacio completed the order of finish.
The only other rider with more than one win was Tyler Baze. Third in the standings with 56 victories, he won with two of his three mounts. His easy win aboard Sweet Patricia in the sixth race was the jockey’s 600th at Hollywood Park. Baze, 27, is the 18th rider to reach the milestone.
There were 11 perfect tickets in the Pick Six, which began with a carryover of $100,191. Each was worth $38,322.
Racing continues Saturday. Post time is 1 p.m.
The highlight of the 10 race card is the $250,000 American Oaks, a Grade 1 at 1 ¼ miles on turf. There is also a julep glass set giveaway to each paid admission while supplies last.
Seven 3-year-old fillies are scheduled to run. Cozi Rosie, the morning line favorite for owners Jerry and Ann Moss and trainer John Shirreffs, was scratched Friday.
The American Oaks is the eighth race. The fourth is the $150,000 Royal Heroine Mile, a Grade II for older fillies and mares on turf. Gotta Have Her is the 121-pound highweight for Green Lantern Stables LLC and trainer Jenine Sahadi.
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