INGLEWOOD, Calif. (June 16, 2012)—Love Theway Youare ended an 11 race losing streak and became a Grade I winner at the same time, shocking heavily-favored Include Me Out in the $250,000 Vanity Handicap (video) Saturday at Betfair Hollywood Park.
Owned and trained by Myung Kwon Cho, the 4-year-old daughter of Arch ran past a tiring Include Me Out, who had opened a clear lead into the stretch after sitting behind a contested pace, and won for the first time in nearly 14 months.
Before the Vanity, Love Theway You are, who unseated jockey Alonso Quinonez in her previous start in the Grade II Marjorie L. Everett Handicap May 19, had last won April 22, 2011 at Betfair Hollywood Park. She prevailed by 2 ¼ lengths under jockey Joel Rosario in that optional claimer.
Teaming for the first time with jockey Garrett Gomez, who also won the Vanity a year ago with Blind Luck, Love Theway Youare, who trailed for the first six furlongs, ran the 1 1/8 miles over Cushion Track in 1:51.10, the slowest of 59 Vanitys run at nine furlongs.
Now 3-for-19 lifetime, the Kentucky bred, who is out of the Tabasco Cat mare Diversa, has earned $362,990. The fifth choice in a field of six at 18-1, Love Theway You are, who prevailed by 2 ½ lengths, paid $38, $6.20 and $4.20.
“When we first came off the bend, she switched leads and dropped in front of the other horses,’’ said Gomez. “I lost (Include Me Out) because she quickened and I didn’t know if I could get to her.
“Then, as I got by a couple of those other horses, I could see that horse starting to come back a little bit and I said, “Well, I think I have her now.’ This filly just keeps staying and she did so again today. She kept coming and coming. She doesn’t have any kind of gear, she’s just one-paced the whole time.’’
Seeking her fourth consecutive graded win in a field reduced after Ellafitz and Zazu were scratched, Include Me Out got a dream trip while Rock and Glory, the 5-2 second choice, Caelis and Atlantic Swing clashed in front of her, weakened considerably late.
Winner of the La Canada, Santa Margarita and Everett prior to Saturday, Include Me Out, the 3-5 choice under Joe Talamo, had three lengths with an eighth of a mile to run, but was no match for the winner.
The 122-pound highweight, Include Me Out, who finished 6 ¾ lengths in front of 26-1 outsider Zafeen’s Pearl, paid $2.40 and $2.10. The show price on Zafeen’s Pearl was $4.
“I thought I was gone,’’ said Talamo. “She has kind of a tendency to pull herself up. You known, when I passed (Caelis and Atlantic Swing) I really thought the race was over. We’ve always beat (Love Theway You are) so far, so many times. In hindsight, I wish I would have waited a little longer.
“Every time I’ve ridden her I’ve always tried to steal the race at the quarter pole. That’s a brutal way to get beat in a Grade I.’’
Caelis wound up fourth, then came Atlantic Swing and Rock and Glory. The trailer was pulled in the stretch by jockey Martin Garcia, but did walk off for trainer Tim Yakteen.
Zazu, the 2011 Hollywood Oaks winner, was declared because she was reportedly “off behind” and a nuclean scan is scheduled Tuesday, according to trainer John Sadler. Ellafitz, who won the 2011 Bayakoa Handicap locally for Hall of Fame trainer Bob Baffert, missed the Vanity due to illness.
In the first of a pair of stakes for 2-year-olds, Amarish followed his blowout maiden victory three weeks earlier with another easy win in the $100,000 Willard L. Proctor Memorial Stakes (video).
A gelded son of Scat Daddy and the Awesome Again mare Issues tracked the pace set by longshot Run to Ground while reserved under jockey Edwin Maldonado, easily assumed command around the far turn and drew away from his six rivals.
Owned by Jerry Durant and trained by Jeff Bonde, Amarish, the 7-10 favorite, completed the 5 ½ furlongs over Cushion Track in 1:04.55. He’s earned $91,200 for his two victories.
A $200,000 purchase in March at the Ocala Breeders’ Sales (OBS) in Florida, Amarish paid $3.40,
“I didn’t want to be next to the other horse (Run to Ground) because I didn’t want to go too the fast the first quarter. I just stayed to the outside and just let him run his race.
“He’s so big and has such a long stride. I breezed him (three furlongs in 35 3/5 June 12) and he did it with his ears forward. I was really confident.’’
Moreno’s Mine, a 31-1 shot who was beaten almost eight lengths by Amarish when third in his May 26 debut, rallied for second. The Mineshaft colt wound up 4 ½ lengths behind the winner and one length in front of 8-5 second choice Undrafted. Moreno’s Mine returned $13.80 and $4.60.
Undrafted, a first out maiden winner April 26 for trainer Wesley Ward over the Keeneoand Polytrack, paid $2.20 to show. The Purim gelding was ridden by Julio Garcia, who was seeking his first win at Betfair Hollywood Park since taking the Radar Ahead Handicap aboard Latin Dancer June 7, 1997.
K Court, Just Call Me Al, Lovmeister and Run to Ground completed the order of finish. Forest Boy was scratched.
A couple of hours after the Proctor, Miss Empire, an 8-1 shot, kicked away from Awesome Annie late to win the $100,000 Cinderella Stakes(video) by 4 ¾ lengths.
A second time starter who had finished fourth in her initial race May 5, the daughter of Empire Maker and the Rajab mare Miss Excitement – the dam of multiple stakes winning sprinter Bordonaro – ran the 5 ½ furlongs over Cushion Track in 1:05.
Owned by Gary and Cecil Barber and Kevin Tsujihara and trained by Peter Miller, Miss Empire, who was ridden by Kevin Krigger, paid $19.80, $7.60 and $5. The $60,000 payday pushed her earnings to $63,120.
Defeated five lengths by Unusual Way, who was seventh for Bonde as the 9-5 Cinderella favorite, in her debut at 4 ½ furlongs, Miss Empire clearly relished the additional distance Saturday.
Positioned nicely inside behind the leaders through an opening quarter of 21.92 seconds, Miss Empire angled off the rail entering the stretch, collared the eventual runner-up, gaining the advantage with less than an eighth of a mile to run while drifting out a bit.
Second in all three of her starts, Awesome Annie returned $6.80 and $5. She finished one length in front of 3-1 second choice Tilde. The show price on Tilde was $3.60.
Like Amarish, Miss Empire was purchased at the OBS some three months ago. Her price was $165,000.
“She spooked at the front of the gate when it opened last time and shied and got away slow,’’ said Miller. “She made up some ground going 4 ½ (furlongs) and with the pedigree we thought she’d like the extra distance. Mr. (Gary) Barber and I decided to take a shot in here. She’s a half to Bordonaro and getting black type is big.’’
Awe Golly Molly was fourth, 4 ¼ lengths behind Tilde and she was followed by Awe’ Some Kitten, who disputed the pace with Awesome Annie, Gloryandprayer, Unusual Way, Set’n On Ready and Emotional Kitten.
Zazu and Ellafitz were both Vanity scratches. The former was reportededly “off behind’’ and is scheduled to undergo a nuclear scan Tuesday, according to trainer John Sadler while Ellafitz was declared because of illness.
Racing resumes Sunday, Post time is 1 p.m. Track gates at Betfair Hollywood Park will open at 9:55 a.m. for simulcasts.
The main event is the $70,000 Desert Stormer Handicap. The six furlong race over Cushion Track attracted three Grade I winners – Teddy’s Promise, Turbulent Descent and Switch. Named in honor of the 1995 Breeders’ Cup Sprint winner, the Desert Stormer goes as the seventh on the nine race program.
There will also be a Super High 5 carryover of $28,551 Sunday. The Super High 5 is offered daily on the final race.
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