INGLEWOOD, Calif. (July 1, 2010)-It Tiz, the 13-10 favorite, won for the second time in as many starts on turf, taking the $64,250 Le Cle Stakes Thursday night at Hollywood Park.
Although form prevailed in the main event, a surprise in the final race by Hollywood Mogul ($61) triggered a Pick Six carryover of $100,191 into the Friday night program. Post time is 7:05 p.m. The Pick Six begins in the third race.
Less than four weeks after a win in an optional claimer against older rivals, the 3-year-old daughter of Tiznow and the Woodman mare Star Of The Woods dispatched of seven members of her own age group under clever handling from jockey David Flores.
Owned by Allen and Susan Branch and trained by Mark Glatt, It Tiz won for the fourth time in eight lifetime starts. The $37,830 top prize increased her earnings to $194,145.
Able to save ground while racing off the moderate pace set by Crisis Of Spirit, It Tiz angled out for room into the stretch, split horses and took over the lead with a little more than a sixteenth of a mile to run.
A $170,000 yearling purchase at the Keeneland September sale in 2008, It Tiz completed the mile in 1:35.38 while winning by 1 ¼ lengths. She returned $4.60, $2.40 and $2.20.
In her initial try on grass, Crisp rallied for second, a half-length in front of Crisis Of Spirit.
The winner of the Santa Anita Oaks, a Grade 1, on March 6, Crisp paid $3 and $2.40 as the 2-1 second choice. The show price on Crisis Of Spirit, who was also making her turf debut and first start beyond seven furlongs, was $3.
Glory Pride finished fourth, 1 ¼ lengths behind Crisis Of Spirit, then came Nicole H, Washington Bridge, Got An Itch and I’mneverwrong.
The Le Cle was the second win of the evening for Flores. Leading rider Rafael Bejarano also had a double, taking the second with Pack Your Bags and the fifth with Low Gear Power.
With 12 days remaining in the spring-summer meet, Bejarano has 61 victories, seven more than Joel Rosario and Tyler Baze.
There is also a carryover for Friday of $15,265 on the Super High 5.
At the conclusion of the card – approximately 10:30 p.m. – a concert starring Fishbone will begin at the North Park Lawn.
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