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Dubai You X Y Z Wins Hollywood Feature

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 race.

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 of Orange.

                                    

 

 

 

 

 

 

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