INGLEWOOD, Calif. (May 24, 2012)—Italian Rules, the 5-2 second choice in a field of six, won for the third time in his last four starts, taking the $75,742 feature Thursday (video) at Betfair Hollywood Park.
Kevin Krigger rode the 7-year-old son of Tribal Rule and the Half a Year mare Golden Harmony for owners Gary and Cecil Barber and trainer John Sadler.
Joel Rosario was named at entry time to ride the California bred, but he was still in the Dominican Republic Thursday after attending the funeral of his brother Marino, who was killed in an auto accident last weekend.
Claimed for $40,000 by his current connections March 6, 2011, Italian Rules has subsequently won four of six and was runner-up in his two defeats. One of those second place finishes was behind runaway winner Mobilized in the Tiznow Stakes on California Gold Rush Day April 28.
Quickly able to make the lead while racing inside Indian Firewater, Italian Rules shook off that rival early in the stretch and went on to win by 3 ¼ lengths. The final time for the six furlongs over Cushion Track was 1:08.55, the fastest of the Spring/Summer meet for the distance.
Italian Rules, who paid $7, $3.60 and $2.40, has eight wins in 25 starts. He’s earned $397,940.
The lesser regarded of two entrants for leading trainer Bob Baffert, Indian Firewater returned $5.80 and $4. He wound up 1 ½ lengths in front of Live Sundays, the race outsider at 12-1. The show price on Live Sundays was $5.
Racing Aptitude, the 8-5 favorite making his first appearance since Dec. 26 for Baffert, wound up fourth, three-quarters of a length behind Live Sundays. Smart Spending and Bench Points completed the order of finish.
Jockey Chantal Sutherland had her first multiple win day of the season, scoring with a pair of longshots. Sutherland, who has seven victories through 17 days, won the second with Blue Eyes Included ($26.60) and the fifth with Ninth Infantry ($15.80).
Racing resumes Friday. Post time is 7:05 p.m.
At the conclusion of the eight race card, a concert starring SOJA will begin at the North Park.
The approximate start time of the concert is 10:30 p.m.
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