Photo: Hollywood Park
Diva found room along the rail in the stretch and went on to spring a mild
surprise in the $48,000 allowance feature Friday at Hollywood Park.
by a partnership that includes Fast Lane Farms and trainer Patricia Harrington,
the 3-year-old Swiss Yodeler filly out of the Snow Chief mare Snow Report won
for the fourth time in 12 starts.
3-for-8 over Cushion Track, Downhill Diva, who was ridden by Brice Blanc, ran
the 1 1/16 miles in 1:44.12. The margin of victory was 2 ¼ lengths.
her earnings to $120,638, Downhill Diva paid $14.40, $5 and $3.20.
in Gold, the 13-10 favorite, gained second, 1 ¼ lengths in front of Queen
Martha. She paid $3.20 and $2.40. The show price on Queen Martha, the 5-2
second choice, was $2.80.
Live and Love was fourth, then came Makoma, First Settler and Americas
Felipe Valdez was taken to nearby Centinela
Center for tests after
being involved in a mishap in the second race.
Valdez, 32, who has one
win at the Autumn meet, was unseated at the start by Score for Fun, a
2-year-old maiden trained by Mel Stute for his wife Annabelle. The longest shot
in the field at 46-1, Score for Fun was uninjured.
Bob Baffert remains one victory shy of 2,000 in his career. For the Memories,
the stable’s lone starter Friday, finished fourth in the fifth race.