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
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.