INGLEWOOD, Calif. (October 8, 2010)—Ryehill Dreamer led throughout to win a $44,400 optional claimer, giving jockey Joel Rosario his fourth win of the Friday night program at Oak Tree/Hollywood Park.
Making his first start since finishing third in the San Rafael Stakes on Jan. 17, 209 at Santa Anita, the 4-year-old Catcher In The Rye gelding out of the Rainbows for Life mare No Way was never seriously menaced in only his second race in the United States.
At the finish, Ryehill Dreamer, who is owned by Marsha Naify, had 3 ¼ lengths on 2-1 second choice Medici Code. Cape Truth finished third, then came Trumpet Player Jay, Dixie Commander and War Native.
Wearing blinkers for the first time, Ryehill Dreamer, who made his first start for trainer Julio Canani, returned $4.40, $2.60 and $2.40 as the 6-5 favorite. He covered the mile on turf in 1:35.07.
Medici Code, who had been idle since finishing second to Presious Passion in the Clement L. Hirsch Memorial Turf Championship on Oct. 11, 2009, paid $3 and $2.40. The show price on Trumpet Player Jay was $3.80.
Bred in Ireland by Kilfrush Stud, Ryehill Dreamer has won three of seven. The $26,400 payday pushed his earnings to $149,007. His last win before Friday night was in a listed stakes at Leopardstown in his native land on July 2, 2008.
The other wins for Rosario, who tops the Oak Tree standings with 13 victories through the first six racing days, came aboard Princess Beau K in the first, Tiz Smoke Tiz Fire in the fourth and De Car Guy in the sixth.
Racing continues Saturday. Post time is 1 p.m.
The nine race card includes a pair of graded stakes – the $150,000 Oak Tree Mile on the turf and the $250,000 Ancient Title at six furlongs on Cushion Track.
Sidney’s Candy, who set a course record (1:39.52 for 1 1/16 miles) when winning the La Jolla Handicap in his grass debut on Aug. 14 at Del Mar, heads the field in the Mile, a Grade II.
Cost of Freedom, who won the Ancient Title in 2008, will try to become the first repeat winner of the Grade I for owners Gary and Cecil Barber and trainer John Sadler.
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