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Blueskiesnrainbows Wires Native Diver

Blueskiesnrainbows Wires Native Diver

The Native Diver was certainly all about the Hollendorfer barn.

Not only did the trainer win the Native Diver for a second time – the previous came with Heatseeker (2007) – he also finished 2-3 as favored Hear the Ghost and Rousing Sermon completed the trifecta behind Blueskiesnrainbows.

Cutting back in distance after finishing second behind London Bridge in the Breeders’ Cup Marathon Nov. 1, Blueskiesnrainbows was hustled out of the gate by jockey Martin Pedroza from his inside post, relaxed on the lead and held his stablemates and four others safe through the stretch.

Owned by Bad Boy Racing LLC and Whizway Farms, the 4-year-old English Channel colt out of the Deputy Minister mare Cho Cho San won for the sixth time in 22 starts and pushed his bankroll to $549,552.

Bred in Virginia by Edward Evans, Blueskiesnrainbows, who paid $8.40, $3.80 and $3 as the 3-1 second choice, ran the 1 1/8 miles over Cushion Track in 1:50.07.

Saturday’s half-length win was the third in five starts over the Betfair Hollywood Park main track and his second graded success. Blueskiesnrainbows won the Grade II Swaps July 4, 2012 when still in the barn of Hall of Famer Bob Baffert.

Making his second start after a layoff of some eight months after capturing the Grade II San Felipe Stakes March 9 at Santa Anita, Hear the Ghost, the 5-2 favorite, finished a half-length in front of 4-1 third choice Rousing Sermon, a California-bred who was runner-up behind Liaison in the 2011 CashCall Futurity.

No worse than second in his five races, Hear the Ghost paid $4.20 and $3. Rousing Sermon returned $3.20 to show.

“When I was thinking about this race and discussing it, we thought Blueskiesnrainbows was on the lead in the lane, he’d be hard to get by,’’ said Hollendorfer. “He’s been running better and better. If he keeps it up, he looks like a good prospect for the coming year.

“I’ve run 1-2-3 in the El Camino Real (Derby in Northern California), but you don’t expect to do ever do it in Southern California. I’m a very fortunate guy.’’

Drill, Soi Phet, Mobilized and Setsuko completed the order of finish. Fire With Fire and Slim Shadey scratched.




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