INGLEWOOD, Calif. (May 16, 2009) — Australian-bred Red Arrow gained the lead shortly after the break, opened a two-length advantage on the turn for home and held off a late charge by Paul’s Hope in the stretch to score an upset victory under jockey Joe Talamo in Saturday’s $100,000 Los Angeles Handicap at Hollywood Park.
The 6-year-old prevailed by three-quarters of a length while covering six furlongs on Cushion Track in 1:08.92 to register his first stakes win in the Grade III event.
“My horse ended up on the lead on his own and he was just cruising,” said Talamo, who rode two winners Saturday. “I was watching the replay of this horse last time at Golden Gate Fields and it looked like he went head-and-head early and really wasn’t comfortable. Today John said to ride him with confidence. “
Red Arrow paid $18.80, $9 and $6 as the longest price at 8-1 in the well-matched field of eight older horses. Paul’s Hope, ridden by Joel Rosario, returned $9.80 and $6.20. Dehere Again, another Australian-bred making his U.S. debut with Aaron Gryder up, finished 1 ½ lengths back in third, paying $5.60 to show.
Siren Lure, the 2006 Los Angeles victor, ran fourth, a head back of Dehere Again and a head in front of Guns On the Table. Favorite Doppio was sixth.
Red Arrow, trained by John Sadler for Gary and Cecil Barber, has now won three of five U.S. starts and four of 15 races overall. Back-to-back wins early in the year earned him a trip north where he faded to fourth after leading in the Golden Gate Sprint. He banked $60,000 Saturday to boost his earnings to $175,482.
“We thought that he would run really well and that this race was coming up right,” said Sadler, who sent out a pair of winners. “He had a four on the sheets at Santa Anita and then we shipped him up north. Sometimes horses don’t ship that well so it was a little disappointing that he got caught up in a speed duel up there. We bounced back with a good race here today.”
Paul’s Hope, whose determined run through the stretch fell a little short, was the second-highest price at 7-1 and completed a $75.70 exacta.
“My horse ran big,” Rosario said of the runner-up. “Nobody went with the winner. He went fast, but nobody went with him. My horse kept coming and coming, but at six furlongs it’s tough to catch the only speed.”
Rosario rode three winners on the program and leads the jockeys’ standings by a 29-25 margin over defending champ Rafael Bejarano, who was at Pimlico where finished sixth aboard Papa Clem in the Preakness Stakes.
With a Pick Six carryover of $103,769 entering Satuday’s card, an additional $533,035 was wagered. Ten perfect tickets were worth $39,969.80 each.
Racing resumes Sunday at Hollywood Park with a 1 p.m. post time.
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