INGLEWOOD, Calif. (May 17, 2009) — Martin Garcia followed trainer Vladimir Cerin’s instructions to perfection and Kizzy’s Chaos responded with an impressive front-running victory in Sunday’s second running of the $100,000 Gallant Man Handicap at Hollywood Park.
Kizzy’s Chaos gained command shortly after the start of the mile and five-eighths race, easily turned back a challenge from Isipingo nearing the far turn, and drew off in the stretch while winning at the seldom-run distance in Cushion Track record time of 2:43.48 under 112 pounds.
Church Service, the runner-up in the inaugural Breeders’ Cup Marathon last October, closed for second, but did not threaten the winner, finishing three lengths back under Rafael Bejarano. Medjool was another head back in third with Michael Baze up, followed by 9-5 favorite Stream Cat in the field of seven older horses.
“I told Martin to open up a length and a half for as long as you can and then hopefully open up three or four turning for home,” Cerin said.
Garcia, a 24-year-old native of Veracruz, Mexico, made it look easy while riding just his third Hollywood Park stakes winner.
“This horse is a real professional,” he said. “I was the only speed and nobody really put any pressure on us. I slowed it up as good as I could and he really finished. At the half-mile, a horse tried to go up inside, but I was going so easy I just let out a notch and he opened up again. I had so much confidence in him. I knew the distance wouldn’t be a problem.”
Kizzy’s Chaos, a 4-year-old owned by Robert Alexander, won for the third time and five 2009 starts and for the fourth time in ten lifetime races, banking $60,000 to increase his earnings to $146,440.
“It helped not having other speed in the race,” Cerin said. “This is a nice horse out of a good family. His sister ran third in the Railbird (Will O Way) and Will O Wisp was a pretty good horse. I’ve never had a horse that can stay like this. We would like to try him in the Gold Cup if it’s handicapped and they handicap us. Sometimes weight makes the difference.”
The Florida-bred son of Evansville Slew paid $14.40, $5.60 and $4.40. Church Service, the 120-pound high weight, returned $4.20 and $3.20. The show payoff on Medjool was $6.
Bejarano, who rode three winners on the program, had no complaints with his mount following the runner-up finish in the Gallant Man.
“I had a perfect trip,” he said. “I saved ground on both turns and tried to make one big run in the stretch. Unfortunately no one put any pressure on the horse on the lead. My horse was really finishing that last sixteenth.”
Bejarano trails Joel Rosario 31-28 in the jockey standings through 19 racing days. Rosario rode a pair of winners Sunday.
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