INGLEWOOD, Calif. (July 9, 2010)-Exiting a Grade III race, Seriously earned her second career victory with a 1 ½ length decision over favored Amina in a $47,412 allowance (video) Friday night at Hollywood Park.
Seriously was one of five non favorites to succeed in the Pick Six, so there is a carryover of $99,168 into Saturday.
Trained by Bob Baffert for Thoroughbred Legends Racing Stable LLC, Seriously, a 3-year-old daughter of Gulch out of the Wolf Power mare Mutton Maniac, completed the 6 ½ furlongs in 1:16.34.
Ridden for the first time by Rafael Bejarano, Seriously, who was purchased for $170,000 as a yearling at the Keeneland September sale in 2008, is now 2-for-11. She pushed her earnings to $76,430.
The 5-2 second choice in the field of seven, Seriously, who had finished seventh in the Railbird Stakes on May 9, returned $7.20, $3.40 and $2.60. The win ended a seven race losing streak. Her lone prior victory was versus maidens last Sept. 26 at Fairplex Park.
Amina, who had won her first two races for trainer Mike Mitchell, paid $3.40 and $2.40 as the 2-1 favorite. She finished 1 ¼ lengths in front of 7-1 shot Toro Bonito, who is also trained by Baffert. The show price on Toro Bonito was $3.20.
Downhill Diva finished fourth, a half-length back of Toro Bonito, then came A Clever Ten, Folk Dancer, who set the pace for the opening half mile, and Lion’s Heart Bluff.
The win on Seriously was the first of three in a row Friday for Bejarano, who gained ground on Joel Rosario, who won twice, in the jockey standings.
Rosario holds a 69-67 advantage entering the final six days of the spring-summer meet.
One of Rosario’s wins came in the third aboard Blingboy, who is owned in part by PGA Tour regular Dustin Johnson.
A 2-year-old gelded son of Roar and the Forzando mare Passion Flower, Blingboy is the first horse Johnson, who’s won the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am the last two years and held the lead after three rounds of the U.S. Open last month at Pebble Beach, has owned.
His partners in the California bred, who was purchased privately after he finished second in a two furlong maiden race at Golden Gate Fields on April 30, are Robert Brown, Nathan Hardwick IV, Pat Perez and trainer Gary Stute.
Racing continues Saturday. Post time is 1 p.m.
The 10 race program includes a pair of Grade 1 events, highlighted by the 71st running of the $500,000 Hollywood Gold Cup.
Defending champion Rail Trip heads the field of seven in the 71st Gold Cup, which is run at 1 ¼ miles. Approximate post time for the Gold Cup, which is the eighth race, is 4:41 p.m.
Two races before, Gayego returns to California against seven opponents in the $250,000 Triple Bend Handicap at seven furlongs.
The Pick Six begins in the fifth race. Scheduled post time for the fifth is 3:05 p.m.
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