INGLEWOOD, Calif. (July 4, 2010)-Global Hunter edged pacesetter Temple City to win the $150,000 American Handicap on Sunday at Hollywood Park.
Unfortunately, the 7-year-old Jade Hunter horse out of the Telescopico mare Griffe de Paris took a bad step while pulling up after the finish line. The stewards reported the Argentine bred suffered a right front ankle injury and was returned to trainer A C Avila’s stable.
The win in the Grade II for Global Hunter, who was making his second start of 2010 for owners L-Bo Racing and Monte Pyle, was the eighth of his career. In 30 lifetime outings, Global Hunter has banked $611,365.
Well positioned on the inside while racing close to the slow pace, Global Hunter, the 3-1 second choice, challenged 6-1 shot Temple City inside the final eighth of a mile and was able to prevail by a head.
The starting highweight at 118 pounds after the scratch earlier in the day of Compari, who was assigned 119, but opted to wait for the $500,000 Hollywood Gold Cup on July 10, Global Hunter completed the 1 1/8 miles on turf in 1:48. He paid $8, $5 and $3.80.
Looking for his first graded victory, Temple City, who had finished fourth in his 5-year-old debut on June 6, paid $7.80 and $5.40. He finished a half-length in front of Hyades, the 7-2 third choice. The show price on Hyades was $3.60.
Glowing Praise, the second longest shot in the field at 27-1, was fourth, 1 ¾ lengths back of Hyades, then came Red Door Drive, Meteore, the 2-1 favorite, Quindici Man and Oil Man. The field was reduced to eight after the scratches of Compari and Riviera Cocktail.
Trainer Neil Drysdale, who has won the American three times, said Riviera Cocktail, who has won all three of his starts on the Hollywood Park grass, was scratched because the 4-year-old Giant’s Causeway colt was “a little dull.’’
With nine days remaining in the meet, Joel Rosario moved into sole possession of the lead in the jockey’s race.
Rosario added three more victories Sunday, enabling him to move two winners ahead of Rafael Bejarano. Rosario, who is 10-for-21 in the last three racing days, has 64 victories. Tyler Baze is third with 58.
Racing resumes Monday. Post time is 1 p.m.
The feature attraction is the $100,000 Hollywood Juvenile Championship, a Grade III for 2-year-olds at six furlongs.
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