Favored J P’s Gusto Wins Thrilling Hollywood Juvenile

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Posted 07.05.10 at 5:40

J P’s Gusto (right), under Joe Talamo, battles Western Mood, ridden by Joel Rosario, in the homestretch. © Benoit Photo J P's Gusto holds off Western Mood to win the Hollywood Juvenile. © Benoit Photo

INGLEWOOD, Calif. (July 5, 2010)-After a stretch long battle, 7-10 favorite J P’s Gusto was able to defeat Western Mood by a neck in the $100,000 Hollywood Juvenile Championship (video).

A little more than five weeks after a decisive 4 ½ length victory in the Willard L. Proctor Memorial on May 31, J P’s Gusto had to work much harder to get the best of the runner-up in a Grade III in which the top two betting choices were dominant.

Owned by Gem, Inc. and trained by David Hofmans, J P’s Gusto, a 2-year-old son of Successful Appeal and the Caller I.D. mare Call Her Magic, won for the second time in three starts. The $60,000 payday increased his earnings to $97,360.

Bred in Kentucky by Winstar Farm LLC, J P’s Gusto, who was purchased for $52,000 at the Keeneland September sale in 2009, was ridden by Joe Talamo. The win was the first in the Juvenile for both Talamo, who had finished second two of the previous three years, and Hofmans.

The final time for the six furlongs was 1:10.48. The winner returned $3.40, $2.20 and $2.10.

Western Mood, who was 7-5 after a come-from-behind win over maidens in his debut on June 12 for trainer and co-owner Jerry Hollendorfer, paid $2.40 and $2.10.

Minutesandtouches, the only non-winner in the Juvenile Championship after two starts at Golden Gate Fields, rallied for third at 25-1. The show price on the Rockport Harbor colt, who finished 5 ¾ lengths behind Western Mood, was $4.60.

It was another four lengths back to Edgewick Road, Leon Ayala, River’s Chapel, who tired after having a 3 ½ length advantage in the opening half mile, Tappin Tough and Marvin’s Magic.

J P’s Gusto and Western Mood made their moves in tandem in pursuit of the faltering front runner and took over with about an eighth of a mile to run. Racing inside Western Mood, J P’s Gusto got the job done under left handed urging from Talamo.

“For being so young, he’s so mature and very, very professional,’’ said Talamo. “He was beat by a head or neck and then he really fought back.

“You really like to see that in a young horse. He was really finishing the last part.’’

Although he missed with Western Mood, Joel Rosario continued his hot streak. The meet’s leading rider won three more Monday, giving him 13 victories from 29 mounts since July 2.

With seven days left in the spring-summer season, Rosario has 67 wins, three more than Rafael Bejarano, who won twice Monday.

Racing will resume Friday. Post time is 7:05 p.m.

At the conclusion of the eight race program – approximately 10:30 p.m. – a concert starring The Wailers will begin at the North Park Lawn.

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