INGLEWOOD, Calif. (June 2, 2011)—Kayce Ace was a winner in her first start in nearly seven months, edging Ellafitz at the wire in the $55,800 allowance feature Thursday at Hollywood Park.
This mild upset was followed a 16-1 surprise by Free Time in the day’s final race, so there will be a Pick 6 carryover of $62,690 when racing resumes Friday night. Post time is 7:05 p.m. The Pick 6 begins in the third race.
A full sister to multiple stakes winner Colonel John, whose victories included the 2007 Real Quiet Stakes at Hollywood Park along with the Santa Anita Derby and Travers Stakes in 2008, Kayce Ace continued her love affair with Cushion Track with the neck decision.
Idle since a local allowance victory last Nov. 11, Kayce Ace sat several lengths off the fast pace set by runaway leader Jax El, moved up outside to get closer approaching the stretch, then wore down the 5-2 second choice to prevail.
Owned by Casner Racing LP and trained by Eoin Harty, the 4-year-old Tiznow filly out of the Turkoman mare Sweet Damsel completed the 1 1/16 miles in 1:44.03.
Ridden by Rafael Bejarano, who has been aboard for each of her three wins – all achieved in five starts at Hollywood Park – Kayce Ace paid $10.80, $6 and $4.40.
Making her first appearance of 2011, Ellafitz returned $4.80 and $3.40. The show price on Gripsholm Castle, who wound up 1 ½ lengths back of Ellafitz, was $4.40.
Makoma, the 5-2 favorite, was pulled up in the stretch by jockey Chantal Sutherland. There were no apparent injuries, but, according to the stewards, Sutherland did not feel comfortable with how the 4-year-old daughter of Malibu Moon was traveling. Makoma was vanned off and returned to the barn of trainer John Shirreffs.
Worse than third only once in nine career starts, Kayce Ace increased her earnings to $122,850.
Immediately after the races conclude Friday – approximately 10:30 p.m. – a concert starring Iration will begin at the North Park Lawn.
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