INGLEWOOD, Calif. (May 29, 2011)—Owner Marsha Naify and trainer Julio Canani made it two stakes wins in a span of less than 24 hours when Givine captured the $73,250 Great Lady M. Sunday at Hollywood Park.
After winning the $150,000 American Handicap Saturday with 8-1 shot Ryehill Dreamer, who edged favored Sidney’s Candy by a nose, Naify and Canani scored again as Givine, the 7-2 third choice, finish strongly in the final eighth of a mile to overtake Separate Forest and favored Broken Dreams.
Making her first start since finishing eighth of nine in her United States debut as the 19-10 favorite in the Wishing Well Jan. 30 at Santa Anita, the 4-year-old French bred prevailed by a half-length. The gray daughter of Blackdoun and the Double Bed mare Viguerie completed the six furlongs on turf in 1:08.26 while winning by a half-length.
The final time was the second fastest in the Great Lady M. since the race was lengthened to its current distance in 2007. River’s Prayer won in 1:08.21 in 2007. The first 12 runnings of the race were 5 ½ furlongs on turf.
Successful for the sixth time in 10 starts, Givine increased her bankroll to $145,432. She paid $9.60, $3.80 and $2.60.
Separate Forest, who had upset Unzip Me in the Las Cienegas Handicap April 9 at Santa Anita in her previous race on grass, paid $3.60 and $2.20. She saved the place by a half-length over Broken Dreams. The 9-10 choice paid 2.10 to show. Ultra Awesome, who set the pace at 39-1, and Lunar Mist completed the order of finish.
“The first time in this country she was a little green coming down the hill at Santa Anita,’’ said Rosario, who leads all riders at the Spring/Summer meet with seven stakes victories. “She kind of ran off and didn’t know where she was going crossing the dirt. Today she was nice and relaxed. She wasn’t pulling me at all.’’
Rosario won twice more Sunday to pad his advantage in the jockey standings. The defending champion at the Spring/Summer meet, Rosario has 29 victories, five more than Rafael Bejarano and Joe Talamo.
Two races after the Great Lady M., Smash picked up his second win in three starts, defeating stablemate Hoorayforhollywood by a nose in the $52,400 optional claimer.
Owned by Kaleem Shah and trained by Bob Baffert, the 3-year-old son of Smart Strike out of the Dixieland Band mare Dixie Holiday ran the 6 ½ furlongs in 1:15.64. Ridden by Martin Garcia, he paid $3 as the 1-2 favorite.
The victory was the first of two for the Baffert-Garcia combination. They also won the eighth with 2-1 second choice Prayer for Relief.
Through 24 days of the meet, Baffert is second in the trainer’s race. He has 11 wins, two less than leader Mike Mitchell.
Racing resumes Monday. Post time is 1 p.m.
There is a grab bag giveaway – one per paid admission while supplies last. All veterans and active duty personnel – with military identification – will be admitted free in honor of the Memorial Day holiday.
The 10 race card features a pair of graded stakes, topped by the $250,000 Gamely. The first Grade I offered at the Spring/Summer meet, the Gamely is for older fillies and mares at 1 1/8 miles on turf.
One race before the Gamely – which goes as the ninth – sprinters will get together in the $100,000 Los Angeles Handicap. A Grade III, the Los Angeles will be contested at six furlongs over Cushion Track.
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