INGLEWOOD, Calif. (June 29, 2012)—You Can Dream, a 7-1 shot, won for the second time in less than two weeks, holding off 25-1 shot Easy Goes By in the closing yards in the $52,700 feature (video) Friday night at Betfair Hollywood Park.
A 3 ¼ length winner against $20,000 claimers June 16, You Can Dream stepped into the allowance ranks against fellow California breds and earned her ninth lifetime victory.
Outrun early while Roar Baby Roar, who was making her first start since last Aug. 31 at Del Mar, showed the way, You Can Dream moved up while wide to join the leaders, gained the advantage early in the stretch, then held gamely under jockey Agapito Delgadillo.
Owned by a partnership and trained by Rafael DeLeon, the 6-year-old daughter of Cat Dreams and the Siphon mare Siphonophora completed the six furlongs over Cushion Track in 1:11.80. The margin of victory was a half-length.
Successful for the fourth time over the Betfair Hollywood Park main, You Can Dream increased her earnings in 41 starts to $219,978. She paid $16, $6.20 and $4.60.
Running for the first time outside Northern California, Easy Goes By, who was claimed for $20,000 by trainer O.J. Jauregui May 24 at Golden Gate Fields, returned $16 and $7.80. This Means War, the 13-10 favorite, was 2 ¾ lengths behind in third while a nose better than Carrie Rose. The show price on This Means War was $2.80.
Mary Contrary, Roar Baby Roar’s closest pursuer for most of the journey, Luckyvic and Roar Baby Roar, the 9-5 second choice, completed the order of finish.
Earlier in the evening, trainer Armando Cardenas earned the first win of his career when 5-1 shot Colledimezzo defeated maidens in the third race.
A 4-year-old gelded son of Kafwain owned by Audrey and Vincent Marchionno, Colledimezzo also provided jockey Juan Hernandez with his initial victory at Betfair Hollywood Park.
Hernandez had 81wins – placing him fourth in the standings – at the Golden Gate Fields meet which wrapped June 17. The 20-year-old native of Veracruz, Mexico began riding locally Thursday.
One day removed from his third five win day at Betfair Hollywood Park, leading jockey Rafael Bejarano blanked. It was the first time since May 26 – a span of 19 racing days – that Bejarano failed to win at least once.
Racing will resume Saturday. Post time is 1 p.m. Track gates at Betfair Hollywood Park will open at 9:55 a.m. for simulcasts.
The 10 race card includes a pair of Grade I events – the $300,000 Shoemaker Mile on turf and the $250,000 Triple Bend Handicap at seven furlongs over Cushion Track. The Triple Bend is the sixth race while the Shoemaker is the ninth.
Mr. Commons is the 2-1 morning line favorite in the Shoemaker and will break from the outside post in the field of eight.
The 5-2 choice on Russ Hudak’s morning line for the Triple Bend is The Factor, who is undefeated in four starts at seven furlongs. The race lost a participant Friday when Comma to the Top was scratched in favor of Sunday’s Robert K. Kerlan Memorial Handicap.
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