In Saturday's Grade II Bayakoa at Betfair Hollywood Park, which was presented by the Oak Tree Racing
Association, Lady of Fifty overcame some early trouble to win decisively under jockey Martin Garcia.
Owned by George Todaro and Hall of Fame trainer Jerry Hollendorfer,
the 3-year-old daughter of After Market prevailed by 3 ¼ lengths over
10-1 shot Open Water. The final time for the 1 1/16 miles over Cushion
Track was 1:44.36.
Out of the Maria’s Mon mare K.D.’s Shady Lady, Lady of Fifty won for
the sixth time in 11 starts. The $110,000 payday increased her earnings
In winning for the fourth time in seven starts over a synthetic
surface, Lady of Fifty, the 3-1 third choice in the field of eight, paid
$8.80, $5.60 and $3.60.
Shuffled back in the opening two furlongs, Lady of Fifty found clear
sailing on the outside in the stretch, gained the lead with about an
eighth of a mile to run and drew away in her Betfair Hollywood Park
“I wanted to take the lead, but those other horses, they kept
sending and sending,’’ said Garcia, who also won the 2011 Bayakoa with
Ellafitz. “I let them all go and when I finally moved out, she relaxed.
“I just kept her on the outside because I didn’t want to get into
any more trouble. When I asked her to go, she just exploded. She was
much the best.’’
The win was the second in three years for Hollendorfer in the
Bayakoa. “She’s gotten bigger and stronger and has been training real
well,’’ said the trainer, who won with another 3-year-old (Washington
Bridge) in 2010. “We’re very proud of her and very pleased with the way
she’s doing right now.
“Backing out of there early may have been the thing that made her
win because the pace got a little rapid out front. She recovered nicely
and didn’t nick herself up. We feel very fortunate for that. I don’t
have a race picked out yet, but we’ll find something.’’
Returning to Cushion Track after four consecutive appearances on
turf, Open Water was up to defeat 5-2 favorite Inglorious by a
half-length. She paid $10.60 and $6.40. The show price on Inglorious was
Trainer Josie Carroll thought Inglorious, the 2011 Queen’s Plate
winner and 3-year-old filly champion in her native Canada, ran well in
her first start since July 8. “I thought she ran a tremendous race,’’
she said. “She just got a little tired.’’
Completing the order of finish were Charm the Maker, the 5-2 second
choice, who finished a half-length behind Inglorious, pacesetter
Changethechannel, Willa B Awesome, Class Included and Madera Castana.