INGLEWOOD, Calif. (Dec. 13, 2009) — Favorite She’s Funomenal gamely ran down pacesetter Excellent News in the final furlong to win Sunday’s $52,735 Ifyoucouldseemenow Stakes by a three-quarters of a length at Hollywood Park.
She’s Funomenal, who made a splash in her career debut when she drew off to win by 5 ½ lengths here Nov. 15, found herself in a tough spot early in the stretch when Excellent News began to pull away and Seriously made a bid to her outside.
The 2-year-old daughter of Fusaichi Pegasus responded when asked by jockey Joel Rosario and was widening at the finish, covering 6 ½ furlongs on Cushion Track in 1:15.96.
“She was a lot more experienced today,” Rosario said. “My horse broke sharp, but I wanted to try and get her relaxed and let her finish. That’s why I didn’t rush her up from the inside. She’s a real nice filly. It took a little while to get by those other horses, but she did it. Last time it was her first start and she didn’t really know what was going on. Today she was a lot more professional.”
She’s Funomenal, owned by a partnership including trainer Jerry Hollendorfer, STD Racing and Summit Racing, banked $30,450 to boost her earnings to $52,050 while improving her record to two-for-two.
“If you want to have a horse that’s going to be a good horse, they can’t just run full speed the whole way,” said Dan Ward, assistant to Hollendorfer. “She showed she can come from off the pace. Before they do it you don’t know. In the morning they can do it, start off slow and finish fast, but in a race it’s a different story. I like the way she finished, and the way she galloped out was very promising for us.”
She’s Funomenal paid $2.60 and $2.10, while Excellent News returned $2.20. The scratch of Haggai reduced the field to four and there was no show betting.
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