INGLEWOOD, Calif. (December 17, 2010)—Victory With Honor won for the second time in as many starts over Cushion Track, capturing the $43,600 feature Friday at Hollywood Park.
One of three winners for trainer Eoin Harty, the 3-year-old Tiznow colt ran down pacesetter and 2-1 favorite Hugs to All nearing the wire.
Owned by breeder WinStar Farms LLC, Victory With Honor, who had defeated maidens Nov. 13 in his first of the Autumn meet and in his initial outing in nearly nine months, completed the 7 ½ furlongs in 1:29.77. The margin of victory was 2 ¼ lengths.
Out of the Nazaam mare Victory At Sea, Victory With Honor was ridden by Rafael Bejarano. Increasing his earnings in four lifetime starts to $48,080, Victory With Honor returned $7.60, $4.20 and $3.20 as the 5-2 second choice.
Hugs to All, who was seeking his third consecutive win for owner-breeder John Harris and trainer Marty Jones, saved the place by a half-length. Concerto’s Thunder was third.
Completing the order of finish were Galleta Monstruo, who was a nose behind Concerto’s Thunder, Fog Alert, Lease of Life, Working Capital and Boulder Creek.
Hugs to All paid $4 and $3.20 while the show price on Concerto’s Thunder was $3.40.
Harty, who also won the first with Secret Cove and the eighth with Indiara, has eight victories from only 17 starters at the meet, which concludes Sunday.
Racing continues Saturday. Post time is 12:30 p.m.
The main event is the $750,000-guaranteed CashCall Futurity, the final Grade I of the Autumn meet.
Comma to the Top, who won both the Real Quiet and Generous Stakes in November, heads a field of 10 2-year-olds in the race at 1 1/16 miles over Cushion Track.
The lineup also includes Delta Jackpot winner Gourmet Dinner, New York shipper Rustler Hustler and Del Mar Futurity winner J P’s Gusto.
There is also a CashCall T-shirt giveaway. The items will be available per paid admission while supplies last.
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