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Ain't No Other Takes Sensational Star

Trainer Jerry Hollendorfer, fresh off victory in Saturday’s Grade II San Carlos Stakes, fitted veteran gelding Ain’t No Other with blinkers for the first time and the result was a three quarter length victory in Sunday’s $100,000 Sensational Stakes for older horses bred in California at 6 ½ furlongs down Santa Anita’s hillside turf course. The 5-year-old son of Old Topper negotiated the course in 1:11.53.

“I worked him in blinkers and he worked really well,” said Hollendorfer assistant Dan Ward. “He didn’t try to lug in. He didn’t try to wait on horses, he just went on.”

Off as second choice in the eight-horse field at 9-2, Ain’t No Other sat third early, four lengths behind pacesetting longshot Coach Bob and Victor Espinoza. With fractions of 21.24, 43.05 and 1:05.50, the Sensational Star set up for horses coming from behind.

As the field approached the dirt crossing at the top of the lane, Bejarano split horses and made the lead in mid stretch, and then held off a fast finishing Starspangled Heat and Corey Nakatani, who was flying at the rail.

“Today he showed me a lot of speed from the gate, but I didn’t want to be on the lead, so I let the speed go a little bit,” said Bejarano. “I found my position quickly though. He wore blinkers and he showed me a big kick today.”

Owned and bred by Tom and Debi Stull’s Tommy Town Thoroughbreds LLC, Ain’t No Other paid $11.40, $6.00 and $4.00. With the winner’s share of $60,000, Ain’t No Other increased his earnings to $434,973. His record now stands at 24-8-6-6.

With today’s victory, Bejarano has now won with 10 of 17 mounts for Hollendorfer at the current meet and Hollendorfer, currently third in the trainer standings with 19 wins overall, is a near-perfect four for five with Tommy Town starters.

 

 

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Ain't No Other--class of the field. Very nicely executed plan.

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