Photo: Hollywood Park
Going for a Spin, the 2-second choice, rallied in the center
of Cushion Track to defeat Cayanna and five other California bred females in
the $78,200 Cat’s Cradle Handicap Sunday at Betfair Hollywood Park.
Owned by breeders Tommy Town Thoroughbreds LLC and trained
by Hall of Famer Jerry Hollendorfer, the 4-year-old daughter of Ministers Wild
Cat completed the 7 ½ furlongs in 1:31.62.
The win was the sixth in 26 starts for Going for a Spin, who
was ridden by leading jockey Rafael Bejarano. Now 3-for-8 over the Betfair Hollywood Park
main, the dark bay, who is out of the Mr. Greeley mare Gender Motors, has
earned $301,952. She paid $6.80, $4 and $2.80
Outrun early while longshots Really Elegant and Camille C
disputed the pace, Going for a Spin angled outside for the stretch run,
collared Cayanna, who had gained the advantage with a sweeping move into the
lane, with about a sixteenth of a mile to run and drew clear to win by 3 ¾
“We lost her and claimed her back (for $40,000 May 24 at
Betfair Hollywood Park) because she does everything: turf, main, short, long,’’
said Dan Ward, Hollendorfer’s assistant trainer. “I think this may be her best
distance. I think she’s getting better all the time.
Making her second start since being claimed for $32,00 by
trainer Doug O’Neill Oct. 4, Caynna, the 6-1 fourth choice, finished 1 ¼
lengths in front of Willa B Awesome. Cayanna returned $5.80 and $4 while the
show price on 5-1 shot Willa B Awesome was $3.60.
The stewards conducted an inquiry for a bumping incident
involving Willa B Awesome, fourth place finisher Camille C and Really Elegant,
who finished fifth, but made no change.
The disappointment in the Cat’s Cradle was Sparkling Style.
The 9-10 favorite finished sixth under jockey Joe Talamo. She had won three
times previously over Cushion Track for Hall of Fame trainer Bob Baffert,
including a pair of California