INGLEWOOD, Calif. (May 6, 2012)—A drop in class and a swift pace helped make Teddy’s Promise a winner in her comeback in the $84,950 Time To Leave Stakes (video) Sunday at Betfair Hollywood Park.
Freshened since a fifth place finish in the Grade I Santa Monica Jan. 28 at Santa Anita, the California bred rallied from last to defeat Rumor by a half-length.
Owned by breeders Ted and Judy Nichols and trained by Ron Ellis, Teddy’s Promise, the 5-2 third choice completed the five furlongs over Cushion Track in 57.41 seconds.
A 4-year-old daughter of Salt Lake out of the Capote mare Braids and Beads, Teddy’s Promise, who has learned to relax since joining the Ellis barn in the middle of 2011, won for the fourth time in seven starts for the trainer.
The Grade I winner – she took the La Brea Stakes last New Year’s Eve at Santa Anita as a 16-1 outsider – has earned $412,818 during a career in which she is 6-for-15.
Ridden by Victor Espinoza, Teddy’s Promise, who has won four of six over Cushion Track, paid $7.80, $3.60 and $3.
“She ran awesome,’’ said Ellis. “I like the way she did it, sitting off the pace. She’s been a tough filly to get to relax and she took another step today.
“We plan on running in the three-race series, this, the ($70,000 Desert Stormer Handicap (at six furlongs June 17) and the ($200,000, Grade II) A Gleam Handicap (at seven furlongs July 14).
Rumor, who was next-to-last early while longshot – and eventual fourth place finisher – Dawnie Macho set the pace (21.73 and 44.96 for a half-mile), gained second by a half-length over Pink Lollipops. The 2-1 second choice returned $3.60 and $3 while the show price on Pink Lollipops was $3.40.
Izzy Rules, the 3-2 favorite, was fifth in a field reduced to six after the scratch of Excellent News. She has done her best work on the lead and she was unable to outrun Dawnie Macho for early supremacy.
The loss was the second in a row for Izzy Rules after the 5-year-old Peace Rules mare had rattled off four consecutive victories, including the Grade III Las Flores March 11 at Santa Anita. The Florida bred was fifth as the 9-10 choice when facing males in the Grade III Count Fleet Handicap April 14 at Oaklawn Park.
Racing resumes Thursday. Post time is 1 p.m.
The Hollywood Park Casino will be open for dark day simulcasts Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday. Admission is free and simulcasts begin at 10:10 a.m.
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