Photo: Hollywood Park
Favored Smokey Lonesome won for the third time in his last
four starts, holding off Blue Chagall to win the $60,000 feature Friday night
at Hollywood Park.
One race later, Johnnie Gold, a 14-1 shot, trigged a second
consecutive Pick 6 carryover when he rallied to defeat favored Creston Cowboy.
The carryover into Saturday’s card is $312,479. Post time is 1 p.m. The Pick 6
begins in the fourth race, which has an approximate post time of 2:38 p.m.
After tracking pacesetter Ace of Aces for most of the trip,
Smokey Lonesome got the lead with less than an eighth of a mile to run and went
on to the half-length victory.
Ridden by Joe Talamo, who has been aboard for all three of
his recent wins, the 5-year-old Teton Forest gelding out of the Alysheba mare
Exclusive Symbol ran the 1 1/16 miles on turf in 1:41.77.
The public choice for the first time in his 11 race career,
Smokey Lonesome, who is trained by Art Sherman for owners Bruce Chandler and Stuart
Tsujimoto, paid $6, $2.80 and $2.10. The fourth lifetime score for the chestnut
increased his earnings to $182,610.
Seeking his second win over the Hollywood Park turf course,
Blue Chagall, the 2-1 second choice, paid $3 and $2.40. He finished a
half-length in front of Ace of Aces. Ferneley and Calimonco completed the order
of finish. Informed was scratched.
Making his first start in California in well over a year for
owner-breeders Pam and Marty Wygod and new trainer John Sadler, Calimonco lost
all chance at the break when he dwelt.
Stewards Scott Chaney, Kim Sawyer and Tom Ward conducted an
inquiry into the start to determine whether or not Calimonco should be declared
a non-starter. Chaney, Saywer and Ward ruled that there would be no change as
they determined the 5-year-old Storm Cat horse caused his own problem.
Calimonco whipped his head sharply to the right simultaneously with the opening
of the gate, leading to the extremely unfortunate beginning.