Photo: Hollywood Park
Jockey Joel Rosario made it three consecutive victories in
the Cat’s Cradle Handicap when he helped favored Tiz Flirtatious remain
undefeated Sunday at Hollywood Park.
Rosario, who had won with U R All That I Am in 2009 and
Ultra Blend last year, became the second rider to win the race restricted to
California bred fillies and mares three times in a row. Victor Espinoza had the
hat trick with Favorite Funtime (2001), Cee’s Elegance (2002) and Valentine
Trained by Marty Jones for owner-breeder Pamela Ziebarth,
Tiz Flirtatious collared pacesetter California Nectar inside the final eighth
of a mile, then held off the surge of 11-1 shot Chokecherymary to win by 1 ½
lengths. The final time for the 7 ½ furlongs over Cushion Track was 1:29.33.
With the winner’s share ($53,800) of the $85,800 purse, Tiz
Flirtatious, who had initiated her career with come-from-behind victories Oct.
2 and Oct. 29 at Santa Anita, pushed her earnings to $116,800.
“She had a good trip, but she makes her own luck,’’ said
Jones. “She’s professional in everything she does. You could see today she was
“She is a big filly and it took her a long time to come into
herself. We had to stop and go with her because she was so big. Once she
finally seemed to mature, you could see coming into her first race she was
Jones indicated Tiz Flirtatious, who paid $5.60, $3.80 and
$3 as the 9-5 choice, will make her next start at Santa Anita. She could step
into a Grade I in the $300,000 La Brea Stakes at seven furlongs Dec. 31 or
stretch out to a mile and a sixteenth in the $150,000 La Canada Stakes Jan. 22.
Chokecherymary, who finished one length in front of
California Nectar, returned $8.80 and $5. The show price on California Nectar
In the race immediately in front of the Cat’s Cradle, Comma
to the Top returned to the winner’s circle for the first time since his victory
in the Grade I CashCall Futurity last Dec. 18.
The Horse of the Meet during the 2010 Autumn season at
Hollywood Park, Comma to the Top easily defeated 9-10 favorite Indian Firewater
and three others in the $56,000 allowance.
Winner of the Real Quiet and Generous prior to his CashCall
success, the 3-year-old Bwana Charlie gelding out of the Stormy Atlantic mare
Maggies Storm is now 7-for-16 with earnings of $812,200.
The Florida bred, who ended a five race losing streak, is
trained by Peter Miller for a partnership that includes Gary Barber, Roger
Birnbaum and Kevin Tsujihara.
Ridden by Joe Talamo, Comma to the Top ran the seven
furlongs over Cushion Track in 1:21.63. He paid $9, $3.40 and $2.40 as the 7-2
Indian Firewater returned $2.60 and $2.10 while finishing 3
1/.2 lengths behind the winner. Canonize, who rallied to gain third, a head in
front of Skipshot and 3 ¼ lengths back of Indian Firewater, paid $2.40 to show.