INGLEWOOD, Calif. (July 14, 2012)—One month after being claimed for $50,000 out of a blowout maiden victory in his debut, Scherer Magic became a graded stakes winner Saturday at Betfair Hollywood Park.
Taken by trainer John Sadler on behalf of owners Gary and Cecil Barber, the Doneraile Court gelding stormed past the tiring pacesetters to win the Grade III, $150,000 Hollywood Juvenile Championship (video).
An Iowa bred out of the Touch Gold mare She’s a Nasty One, Scherer Magic earned nearly double – $90,000 – Saturday what he had been claimed for when he won by 7 ¼ lengths as the 6-5 favorite June 14.
Ridden by Joe Talamo, Scherer Magic, the 3-1 second choice in the field of seven, increased his bankroll to $107,400 while completing the six furlongs over Cushion Track in 1:11.67. The margin of victory was 2 ½ lengths.
Sadler also saddled the runner-up, 13-1 outsider Carson’s Crown, who finished 1 ¾ lengths clear of 29-1 shot Just Call Me Al.
Amarish, the 2-5 favorite on the strength of wins in the first two races of hgis career by a combined 12 ¼ lengths, was hounded through a 21.81 opening quarter mile and a 45.70 half by Strong Wind, then had nothing to give in the final eighth of a mile. He wound up sixth.
The off-the-board finish by the Willard L. Proctor Memorial Stakes winner led to inflated show prices. Of the $79,704 in the Juvenile Championship show pool, $61,079 was wagered on Amarish.
In providing Talamo his second win in the race in three years – he also won with J P’s Gusto in 2010 – Scherer Magic paid $8.20, $4.60 and $7. Carson’s Crown returned $7.80 and $14.40. The show price on Just Call Me Al was $25.
“(Scherer Magic) had a bunch of good works and (Gary Barber) is kind of a riverboat gambler,’’ said Sadler. “He picked him out and I kind of did my homework on him. I thought he was racy and I had another Doneraile Court a few years ago named Noble Court.
“I liked the works on him and the way he looked when he came over. You have to have some guts to claim an Iowa bred. You have to be lucky, too. We won a (six way) shake for him that day. I thought (Carson’s Crown) also ran well. He broke a little bit poorly, but he closed really well.’’
Bonde indicated Amarish will be examined after his subpar performance.
“We’ll scope him and go from there,’’ he said. “(Jockey Edwin Maldonado) said the horse was going really easy down the backside and didn’t mind being inside. He got to the quarter pole, took a couple of deep breaths and shut it down.’’
The day’s other 2-year-old stakes had a more formful result.
Executiveprivilege, the prohibitive 3-10 favorite, asserted her superiority in deep stretch against seven other female opponents in the $150,000 Landaluce (video).
A $650,000 purchase at a Florida sale in April by owners Mike Pegram, Karl Watson and Paul Weitman, the daughter of First Samurai and the Unaccounted For mare Refugee is 2-for-2 after her 2 ½ length win Saturday.
Trained by Hall of Famer Bob Baffert, who was earning his third Landaluce victory, but first since Notable Career in 2000, and ridden by Rafael Bejarano, Executiveprivilege completed the six furlongs over Cushion Track in 1:11.49. She paid $2.60, $2.20 and $2.10 while increasing her bankroll to $120,000.
Able to overcome a terrible start in her 4 ¼ length debut win June 28, Executiveprivilege broke near the lead Saturday, was content to track while longshot Unusual Way and Wildcat Angie took over, was caught in some traffic approaching the quarter pole, but Bejarano was able to find a seam, dove to the inside and came away in the final sixteenth.
“As soon as we broke from the gate, I put her right behind horses and got her into a good position,’’ said Bejarano after his Spring/Summer meet high 13th stakes win. “I knew all I had to do was wait because at the end I was going to have a lot of horse. The race was over as soon as we hit the stretch and I let her run.’’
Baffert said the primary goal for Executiveprivilege is the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies Nov. 2 at Santa Anita, but she could surface next in the $150,000 Grade III Sorrento Stakes Aug. 8 at Del Mar.
“From day one when we breezed her I remember calling (Pegram) and saying I think we have a female version of Lookin At Lucky,’’ said Baffert, who has 11 stakes wins at the current meet, more than any other trainer. “She was actually short her first time, so that race really helped. I just think she is really gifted.’’
Trainer Peter Miller finished 2-3 with his runners. Speedinthruthecity, an 8-1 shot who had won at first asking over turf June 21, was second and Cinderella Stakes winner Miss Empire third – 1 ¼ lengths behind her stablemate – as the 5-1 second choice. Both fillies are owned by the Barbers and Kevin Tsujihara.
Speedinthruthecity paid $4 and $3 while the show price on Miss Empire was $2.60. Miller said the pair will return in the Sorrento.
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