Returning from another
extended layoff, favored Dubai You X Y Z was a winner in the $60,500
feature Friday at Betfair Hollywood Park.
Idle since finishing
second behind Wilkinson in an optional claimer May 2, the lightly-raced
6-year-old ran past pacesetter El Commodore inside the final eighth of a
mile for his sixth victory.
Owned and bred by trainer
Mark Tsagalakis’ MT Racing Stables LLC, the gelded son of E Dubai and
the Theatrical mare My Vincero increased his earnings to $198,400 in 10
starts. He’s been worse than third only once
in a career that began with a 52-1 upset against $32,000 maidens March,
5, 2010 at Santa Anita.
Positioned behind El
Commodore and Batti Man, Dubai You X Y Z and jockey Brice Blanc found a
seam into the stretch and went on to 1 ¼-length score. The final time
for the mile on turf was 1:33.71.
The 2-1 favorite in the
field of seven, Dubai You X Y Z, who has won twice in five races over
the Betfair Hollywood Park turf, paid $6, $3.40 and $2.80.
El Commodore, the 3-1
second choice who finished a nose in front of Te Rapa, returned $4 and
$2.80. The show price on 7-2 shot Te Rapa, who was seeking his second
win of the final Autumn meet after prevailing Nov.
9, was $3.
Completing the order of finish were Batti Man, Code of Conduct, Empty Headed and Rauschenberg.
Jockeys Alex Bisono and Fernando Perez were involved in a spill in Friday’s first race.
Rocky Barboa, Bisono’s
mount in the $10,000 claimer for 3-year-olds, went wrong with about a
quarter of a mile to run and Bob Consultation, Perez’s mount, fell over
the fallen gelding.
Bisono was cleared at the
track’s first aid station. Taken to nearby Centinela Hospital Medical
Center, Perez was being evaluated for a possible collarbone injury.
Later in the afternoon,
jockey Felipe Martinez, who returned from a retirement of some seven
years earlier this year, earned his first win at Betfair Hollywood Park
since Dec. 15, 2005 when he directed Sagebrush
Queen ($10.80) to victory for trainer Jorge Gutierrez in the sixth
The 49-year-old Martinez,
whose last local victory before Friday came aboard Memorly for trainer
Vladimir Cerin, has won five times since returning to the saddle.
Racing will resume Saturday. Post time is 12:30 p.m. Track gates will open at 9:55 a.m. for simulcast.
The main event is the
Grade I, $500,000-guaranteed Hollywood Starlet for 2-year-old fillies
and the supporting feature is the Grade II, $150,000 Bayakoa Stakes for
older fillies and mares. Both races are at 1 1/16
miles over Cushion Track. The Starlet is the sixth of nine races while
the Bayakoa goes as the eighth.
The Pick Six will again
feature a guaranteed Pick Six pool of $150,000. If the pool reaches
$200,000, there will be $1 food and drink Happy Hour specials at
Whittingham’s Pub and Betfair Players’ Lounge.
Additionally, if there is a
single perfect ticket in the Pick Six – purchased either on track or
through Television Games Network (TVG) – the holder of the ticket will
receive a bonus – a new Prius courtesy of Toyota