INGLEWOOD, Calif. (June 9, 2010)-She’ll Heir remained unbeaten with a victory in the $70,200 Cinderella Stakes (video) on Wednesday at Hollywood Park, but it was far from easy.
Overcoming some early congestion while racing on the inside, the 2-year-old Wildcat Heir filly out of the Favorite Trick mare The Tricks On Me had to survive a stewards’ inquiry before her second win was official.
Although the Cinderella was formful, there were upsets earlier, so there is a Pick Six carryover of $93,572 for Thursday.
Debuting for owners David and Holly Wilson after being privately purchased by trainer Vladimir Cerin, She’ll Heir, the 7-10 favorite, was able to squeeze her way between horses in the stretch under Rafael Bejarano and went on to prevail by one length over Swiss Wild Cat, the third choice at nearly 8-1. The time for the 5 ½ furlongs was 1:05.46.
She’ll Heir, who had debuted with a win at Keeneland for her former connections – owner William Dorminy and trainer John Hancock – on April 9, did make contact with a tiring Rockin Heather with about an eighth of a mile to run.
This led to the inquiry, but stewards Scott Chaney, Kim Sawyer and Tom Ward ruled the incident did not alter the order of finish. Rockin Heather, the pacesetter for more than half the journey, faded to seventh in the field of eight.
“She’s a really nice filly,’’ said Bejarano, who also won the 2008 Cinderella with Trifecta King. “I didn’t even hit her or anything. I just tried to get her through and keep her straight down the stretch.
“I had so much horse at the end. (Rockin Heather) was getting tired and that’s why she was coming in. The last two or three times I worked her she was tremendous. I think she’s going to be a good one.’’
She’ll Heir, who has earned $62,580, returned $3.40, $3 and $2.60. Swiss Wild Cat, one of two participants for trainer Mike Harrington, paid $5.20 and $3.60.
Arta B Tappin, a maiden and one of pair of runners for trainer Walther Solis, rallied on the outside to gain third at 23-1. The show price on Arta B Tappin, who finished 2 ¼ lengths behind Swiss Wild Cat, was $4.80.
Hi Ho Yodeler, who had a one length lead for Harrington with an eighth of a mile to run, faltered to fourth as the 5-2 second choice, then came Seethe Girlgo, Warren’s Leadgirl, Rockin Heather and Trick Skate.
The biggest surprise on Wednesday – and the primary reason for the Pick Six carryover – was provided by Warren’s Got Game.
A first time starter by Ancient Art out of the Elusive Quality mare Go For Quality, the 3-year-old rallied from last to win the sixth race at nearly 81-1. Owned by breeder Benjamin Warren and trained by Jorge Gutierrez, Warren’s Got Game was ridden by Alonso Quinonez in her 2 ½ length victory over California bred maiden fillies and mares. Her win price was $163.60.
Post time on Thursday is 1 p.m. The Pick Six begins with race 3. Approximate post time for the start of the sequence is 2:03 p.m.
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