INGLEWOOD, Calif. (April 26, 2013)—Saint Loup gave jockey Rafael Bejarano the third of his four wins – from as many mounts – with a neck victory in the $54,750 feature (video) Friday at Betfair Hollywood Park.
Second at 7-10 odds in his Santa Anita finale March 22, Saint Loup, a French bred son of Zamindar, won for the first time in four starts in the United States as the 3-5 favorite.
Able to save ground throughout after breaking from the inside in a field of eight, Saint Loup awaited room approaching the stretch, angled outside longshot Warrant to gain the lead in midstretch, then held off 7-1 shot Ain in the closing yards.
Trained by Julio Canani for Tarma Corporation and Michael Whieldon, Saint Loup covered the 1 ¼ miles on turf in 2:01.14 and paid $3.20, $2.40 and $2.10.
Out of the Priolo mare Sanada, Saint Loup’s win was his second in 11 starts. The $32,400 payday boosted his earnings to $119,460.
No worse than third in four of his six races on grass, Ain, who was last for a majority of the 10 furlongs, returned $4.60 and $3.20. He finished 2 ½ lengths clear of Vibrato Jazz, who paid $3.60 to show.
Completing the order of finish were Warrant, Sumerian, who is also trained by Canani, Unusual Beam, 5-1 second choice Zackn’mat and Teafatiller.
The defending Spring/Summer riding champion, Bejarano also won Friday’s fourth race with Include the Cat, the fifth with Master Chef and the eighth with Apollo Ten. His only other mount – sixth race favorite Trojenna – was scratched at the starting gate.
Bejarano’s big day enabled him to move closer to a significant milestone. He is 14 victories away from 3,000 in a career that began in his native Peru in 2001.
Racing resumes Saturday. Post time is 1 p.m. on a card highlighted by the 14th California Gold Rush.
A series of eight stakes races for horses bred or sired in California, the Gold Rush has purses totaling more than $1 million.
Saturday also brings a Fans Choice Giveaway, a promotion which features some past giveaway items. The souvenirs are available one per paid admission while supplies last.
The richest Gold Rush event is the $300,000 Snow Chief for 3-year-old colts and geldings at 1 1/8 miles over Cushion Track.
Additionally, this is the first $150,000-guaranteed Pick Six Saturday of the Spring/Summer meet.
If the Pick Six pool exceeds $200,000 on the selected Saturdays – which also include May 11, May 25, June 1, June 15, June 22, June 29, July 6 and July 13 – there will be $1 Happy Hour food and drink specials offered at Whittingham’s Pub and the Betfair Players’ Lounge.
A bonus – a 2013 Toyota Prius courtesy of Toyota of Orange – will also be given to a single winning ticket – provided it was purchased either at Betfair Hollywood Park or through Television Games Network (TVG).
The $150,000 guaranteed Pick Six – Presented by TVG – was a success when it debuted during the 2012 Autumn meet. The average pool size for the half-dozen Saturdays during the season was $243,754.
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