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Bouncing back from a poor effort in her 2014 debut last month, Doinghardtimeagain parlayed a pace-pressing trip into a victory in the Grade II, $200,500 Great Lady M. Stakes Saturday at Los Alamitos.

The 1 ¼-length win over pacesetter Amaranth and five other fillies enabled her Hall of Fame connections – trainer Jerry Hollendorfer and jockey Mike Smith – to complete a sweep of the graded events offered at the inaugural Summer Thoroughbred Festival.

One week earlier, Smith and Hollendorfer collaborated to win the Grade II, $500,500 Los Alamitos Derby as Shared Belief, the 2013 champion 2-year-old male, remained undefeated in his fifth lifetime start.

Owned by breeders Tom and Debi’s Stull’s Tommy Town Thoroughbreds LLC, Doinghardtimeagain finished last of five in the Desert Stormer June 15 at Santa Anita in her first race in 10 months.

The 4-year-old daughter of Ministers Wild Cat and the Conquistador Cielo mare Silver Hawk Lady stalked the pace from her outside post in the Great Lady M., took the lead with about an eighth of a mile remaining and prevailed as the 7-2 second choice.

Ridden for the first time by Smith, Doinghardtimeagain earned the second Grade II victory of her career, having led throughout to win the 2013 Hollywood Oaks nearly 13 months ago at Hollywood Park.

Completing the 6 ½ furlongs in 1:15.59 in a race most recently called the A Gleam Handicap when run at Hollywood Park, the dark bay returned $9.80, $5 and $4.20. She’s won six of 13 and earned $708,766.

“I think I didn’t have her ready last time and that’s as honest as I can be,’’ said Hollendorfer. “I’ll take the blame. She’s kind of big and a little bit heavy, so I didn’t have her as ready as I could have.

“She can do everything pretty well on any surface. It’s nice to have a horse like that. Mike rode her perfect, so I’m very happy.’’

Making her first start in nearly a year in Southern California after three consecutive wins at Golden Gate Fields and Oak Tree/Pleasanton, Amaranth finished 1 ½ lengths in front of Desert Stormer winner Sagebrush Queen despite having her saddle slip forward early in the race.

“She ran great,’’ said trainer O.J. Jauregui. :We wanted to give her a chance to see if she could step up to the next level and with her performance today I think she definitely can.’’

Amaranth, who had won the Betamerica.com Oaks by seven lengths June 22, paid $7.80 and $5.20 as the 6-1 fourth choice. The show price on Sagebrush Queen was $5.40.

Clearly Confused, Heir Kitty, the 3-2 favorite, Concave and Tres Belle completed the order of finish.

On the next-to-last day of the Festival, there was one perfect ticket in the Pick Six. It was worth $49,180.

Racing resumes Sunday at Los Alamitos. Post time is 2 p.m.

The nine-card is highlighted by a pair of $100,000 stakes for 2-year-olds – the Willard L. Proctor Memorial and the TVG Cinderella for fillies. Both races, which originated at Hollywood Park, are at six furlongs. The Proctor goes as the third while the Cinderella is the eighth.

Trainer Doug O’Neill has four of the six entrants in the Proctor Memorial, including Wake Up Nick, who is undefeated after two starts, including a victory in the Santa Anita Juvenile June 22, and Bad Read Sanchez, a 10-length debut winner June 20. Both colts are owned by Reddam Racing LLC.

Heart of Paradise, who won her June 5 debut  by 2 ½ lengths for Hollendorfer, is the 6-5 morning line favorite against five opponents in the TVG Cinderella.




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