Word Association Wins Opening Night Feature

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Posted 11.04.10 at 10:26

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INGLEWOOD, Calif. (November 4, 2010)—Word Association won for the second time in three weeks, disposing of four rivals in the $40,000 allowance feature Thursday at Hollywood Park.

It was opening night for the 31-day Autumn meet. The Hollywood Park season continues through Sunday, Dec. 19.

An impressive winner against starter allowance opponents Oct. 14, the 3-year-old Benchmark filly out of the Deputy Minister mare Social Savvy was equally dominant versus fellow California breds .

Trained by Cliff Sise, Jr. for owner-breeders Pam and Marty Wygod, Word Association was ridden by Patrick Valenzuela as she won for the third time in 12 attempts. She has earned $90,160.

Positioned close to the pace set by Rebecca and Shesoprovocative while in the clear, Word Association swept to the front early in the stretch. From there the only question was what the victory margin would be.

Prevailing by 3 ¾ lengths, Word Association covered the 6 ½ furlongs over Cushion Track in 1:15.95.

It was the first time – in five tries – Word Association had won as the favorite. The 3-5 choice paid $3.20, $2.10 and $2.10.

Shesoprovocative, who finished three-quarters of a length in front of Bonita Montana, returned $3.40 and $2.60. The show price on Bonita Montana was $3.20. Victory Dancer and Rebecca completed the order of finish.

There was one winning ticket in the Pick Six Thursday. The payoff was $63,083.
Racing resumes Friday. Post time is 12:15 p.m.

Gates open at 10 a.m. Friday and post time for the first race from Churchill Downs is 11 a.m. The first of six Breeders’ Cup races – the $500,000 Marathon – is scheduled for 1:10 p.m.

The eight race card locally is topped by the $55,000-added Riot in Paris. Muny is the 8-5 favorite on Russ Hudak’s morning line. Classical Slew, Red Door Drive, Blue Chagall, Averoo and Trumpet Player Jay complete the cast for the one mile turf race.

Owned by Mary Jones Bradley and trainer Charlie Whittingham, Riot in Paris was a multiple stakes winning son of Sir Ribot.

In 1976, Riot in Paris won both the Inglewood Handicap at Hollywood Park and the Del Mar Invitational Handicap.

Additionally that year, the Kentucky bred was on the board in three other significant races at Hollywood Park. Riot in Paris was second in the American Handicap and third in the Hollywood Gold Cup and Sunset Handicap.

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