INGLEWOOD, Calif. (November 19, 2010)—Spring Style was ready to roll in her return, winning the $48,000 feature Friday night at Hollywood Park.
Making her first appearance since finishing last of seven in the John C. Mabee Stakes, a Grade II, Aug. 15 at Del Mar, the 5-year-old Irish bred mare earned her fourth win in her 15th start and kicked off a memorable night for jockey Joel Rosario.
The win aboard the 2-1 second choice in the field of five was the first of four in a row – and five overall – for Rosario, who will turn 26 Jan. 14.
After tracking pacesetter Dance to My Tune throughout, Spring Style got by the leader in the closing yards, completing the mile on turf in 1:35.38.
Trained by Ben Cecil for his wife Kristina and Zillah Reddam, Spring Style, a daughter of Pivotal and the Irish River mare Clear Spring, prevailed by a half-length and increased her earnings to $155,477. The win was her second in three attempts over the Hollywood Park grass course.
Victorious for the first time since capturing a $52,000 allowance Jan. 10 at Santa Anita, Spring Style paid $6.80, $4 and $2.10.
Dance to My Tune, who finished a half-length in front of 9-10 favorite Late Cuddle, returned $6 and $2.20. Late Cuddle, who was seeking her third win in four starts in the United States for trainer Jerry Hollendorfer, paid $2.10 to show. Farley Star and West Hope completed the order of finish.
This was the second time Rosario had finished with five wins in a single day at Hollywood Park. The Dominican Republic native first accomplished the feat Dec. 6, 2008.
His biggest day came last Dec. 11 when he became only the fourth jockey in Hollywood Park history to earn six victories. Rosario joined Kent Desormeaux, Laffit Pincay, Jr. and Bill Shoemaker, who did it twice.
Besides Spring Style, Rosario’s other wins were with Dave’s Ruler (second race), Tweebster (third), Jairzinho (fourth) and Via Verde (seventh). His remaining mounts – Otto Von Voom (sixth) and Stormy Slew (eighth) – finished fourth and fifth, respectively.
Rosario, the defending Autumn meet champion, surged to the top of the standings at the current season after his productive evening. He has 13 wins through 10 days, four more than Joe Talamo and Corey Nakatani.
Racing resumes Saturday. Post time is 12:30 p.m.
There is a grab bag giveway. Items will be available – one per paid admission – while supplies last.
The feature attraction is the $100,000 Hollywood Prevue Stakes. Six 2-year-olds are entered in the Grade III at seven furlongs. High Level Jeff, who will be making his first start for majority owner J. Paul Reddam and trainer Doug O’Neill, is the 2-1 morning line favorite.
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