Home Journey Dominates, Stays Perfect For Puype

Racing News
Posted 11.09.12 at 4:15

Aaron Gryder guides Home Journey to victory at BHP on Nov. 9. Benoit Photo

INGLEWOOD, Calif. (November 9, 2012)—A first out winner last month at Santa Anita, Home Journey was even more impressive in the $49,400 feature for California breds Friday (video) at Betfair Hollywood Park.

Facing eight other 2-year-old fillies, the daughter of Good Journey broke on top, relaxed nicely under jockey Aaron Gryder, then kicked away at the top of the stretch to prevail by 8 ¼ lengths.

Owned by GGG Stables and Russell J. Sarno and trained by Mike Puype, Home Journey, the 5-2 favorite, completed the 6 ½ furlongs over Cushion Track in 1:17.56.

Dismissed at nearly 27-1 when a gate-to-wire winner Oct. 13 over conventional dirt, Home Journey, who is out of the Came Home mare Goodtobehome, paid $7.40, $4.20 and $2.80. She’s earned $58,800 in two starts.

Well off the pace early after breaking from the inside under jockey Rafael Bejarano, Akiss Forarose, a 7-2 shot, rallied for second, three-quarters of a length in front of 5-2 second choice Sacred Delight. A debut winner at 24-1 during the Spring/Summer meet, Akiss Forarose returned $4.40 and $2.60. The show price on Sacred Delight was $3.

Racing will resume Saturday. Post time is 12:30 p.m. Track gates will open at 10 a.m.

Hall of Fame trainer Bob Baffert will try for a second consecutive win in the $100,000 Real Quiet Stakes when he sends out Carving in the day’s main event. A prep for the Grade I, $750,000 guaranteed CashCall Futurity, which will be run Dec. 15, the Real Quiet is the third of nine races and is for 2-year-olds at 1 1/16 miles over Cushion Track.

This is also the first Saturday – of six during the Autumn meet – that will feature a guaranteed Pick Six pool of $150,000. If the pool reaches $200,000, there will be $1 Happy Hour specials – food and drink – at Whittingham’s Pub.

Additionally, if there is a single winning ticket in the Pick Six – purchased either on track or through Television Games Network (TVG) – the holder of the ticket will receive a bonus – a 2013 Toyota Prius courtesy of Toyota of Orange.

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