INGLEWOOD, Calif. (April 30, 2010)-Heavily-favored Thorondor responded when challenged in the stretch and went on to a narrow victory in the $44,400 feature (video) on Friday at Hollywood Park.
A 4-year-old gelded son of Ferrari out of the Prized mare Prize Possession, Thorondor won for the second time in six starts, defeating Soul Candy by a neck. The 3-5 choice ran the 1 1/16 miles on turf in 1:41.88.
Leading jockey Tyler Baze, who has 11 winners through the first six days of the meet, was aboard for owners J.F. Ernenwein and Chris and Charlotte Wrather, who bred Thorondor in California. Baze also won the opener with Look To The Sky.
Unplaced in his only previous start at Hollywood Park when debuting on Dec. 21, 2008, Thorondor tracked the pace set by Trulymet’smydaddy into the first turn and on the backside.
He moved up to engage for the lead entering the stretch and was immediately challenged on the outside by Jack’s Wild. Thorondor looked ready to surrender the advantage, but found enough in the final sixteenth of a mile to score.
The victory in the optional claimer restricted to California breds increased Thorondor’s earnings to $70,956. He paid $3.20, $2.40 and $2.10. Soul Candy, who rallied from last in the field of six, returned $4.80 and $3.20.
The show price on Jack’s Wild, who faltered a bit late and wound up a head behind Soul Candy, was $3.
In addition to Baze, Julio Garcia and Victor Espinoza also won twice. Garcia teamed with 26-1 outsider Luv Dragon in the fourth, then captured the sixth with Saint Cindy ($10.20).
Espinoza’s victories came with favorites Duke Of Aspen in the second and Sirocco Strike in the fifth.
Despite Luv Dragon’s surprise win, there was one winning ticket in the Pick Six. It was worth $64,443. It was the fifth time at the meet there has been a sole winning ticket in the Pick Six.
Racing will resume on Saturday at Hollywood Park.
To coincide with the 136th running of the Kentucky Derby from Churchill Downs, local post time on Saturday is 11 a.m., two hours earlier than normal.
Gates will open at 7 a.m with the first Churchill import at 7:30. The Kentucky Derby will be run between Hollywood Park’s eighth and ninth races. Scheduled post time for the Derby is 3:24 p.m. PDT.
The main event on Saturday at Hollywood Park is the $100,000 Wilshire. A Grade III for older fillies and mares at one mile on turf, the Wilshire is the ninth of 11 races.
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