Bejarano, Hollendorfer win 3 at Hollywood Park
INGLEWOOD, Calif. -- Jockey Rafael Bejarano and Hall of Fame trainer Jerry Hollendorfer had three winners each on California Gold Rush day at Betfair Hollywood Park on Saturday.
Bejarano was aboard Surfcup in the $300,000 Snow Chief Stakes, the richest on the card restricted to horses bred or sired in California. He also won the $245,000 Melair Stakes and the $125,250 Tiznow a day after he rode four winners on Friday's card.
Bejarano is 11 wins away from reaching 3,000 in a career that began in his native Peru in 2001.
In the Snow Chief, Surfcup won by a half-length over Fighting Hussar.
Trained by Hall of Famer Bob Baffert, Surfcup ran 1 1/8 miles in 1:50.80 and paid $12, $6.60 and $3.20. It was Surfcup's third win in six career starts, but first on a surface other than turf. The 3-year-old colt has earnings of $275,800.
Fighting Hussar returned $7.20 and $3.20, while Tiz a Minister was another four lengths back in third and paid $2.20 to show as the 11-10 favorite.
In the Melair, 7-10 favorite Doinghardtimeagain won by 1 1/4 lengths for Bejarano and Hollendorfer. It was Bejarano's four win in six years in the race.
Doinghardtimeagain ran 1 1/16 miles on the Cushion Track in 1:43.55 and paid $3.40, $2.20 and $2.10. She is undefeated in three starts at the track, with four wins in eight career starts and earnings of $483,770.
Sweet Marini returned $3.60 and $2.80 for Baffert, while Unusual Way was another two lengths back in third and paid $2.60 to show.
In the Tiznow, Kate's Event won for the third time in five starts this year, covering 7½ furlongs in 1:29.31. She paid $10.40, $4.80 and $2.80 for Bejarano and Hollendorfer.
Rock Me Baby was a half-length behind the winner and returned $5 and $4. Planet Sunshine was a nose back in third and paid $5.80.
In the $126,000 B. Thoughtful Stakes, Curvy Cat wore down pacesetter Ismene in the final sixteenth of a mile to win by a length. Curvy Cat ran 7½ furlongs in 1:29.65 and paid $15.80, $7.80 and $4.
Ismene returned $4.40 and $2.80 as the 2-1 favorite, while Dancingtothestars was another 3 3/4 lengths back in third and paid $2.80 to show.
In the $70,500 Warren's Thoroughbreds, Hail Mary was the most decisive Gold Rush winner, romping by 9 3/4 lengths as the 3-10 favorite. Julien Leparoux rode the winner for his father-in-law Mike Mitchell.
In the $70,750 Grey Memo Stakes, Super Ability won by 2 3/4 lengths as the 2-1 favorite under Martin Garcia.
Jockey Tyler Baze won both the $60,750 NTRA Stakes and the $62,000 Alphabet Kisses. Celebrity Status won the NTRA, while Warren's Veneda took the other.
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