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Gotta Have Her, making her second start of 2010, won for the second time on the Hollywood Park grass with a last-to-first victory in the $150,000 Royal Heroine Mile.

Owned by Green Lantern Stables and trained by Jenine Sahadi, the 6-year-old Royal Academy mare out of the Rahy mare Winnowing won for the ninth time in 27 starts. She has earned $972,608.

In winning for the third time at the distance, Gotta Have Her, the 11-10 favorite, was clocked in 1:34.98. She now has three graded victories after the Grade II score.

Reserved off the pace after a rugged beginning under jockey Tyler Baze, Gotta Have Her angled outside for the stretch run, took over the lead with less than an eighth of a mile to run and defeated a stubborn Burg Berg by a half-length.

“I got shut off really bad right out of the gate and after that I just had to go out there and ride the rest of the race with a lot of confidence,’’ said Baze, who has been aboard for five of Gotta Have Her’s wins. “I know she’s going to give me what she has. Whatever’s in her tank, she’s always going to give it. She always has and she always will.

“She’s a very special mare for me and I’m looking forward to bigger and better things with her.’’

The high weight at 121 pounds, Gotta Have Her paid $4.20, $2.80 and $2.10. Burg Berg, an 8-1 shot who set the pace, returned $6 and $2.80. She finished one length in front of 7-5 second choice U R All That I Am, who paid $2.20 to show.

Although shut out in the stakes, Joel Rosario did win four times Saturday – after three victories Friday night – to pull into a tie atop the jockey standings with Rafael Bejarano. Both have 61 wins with 10 days remaining. Baze is third with 57.

Rosario’s victories came with Spirit Of Cochise in the third, Rockstar Ben in the seventh, Precious Union in the ninth and Very Vintage in the 10th.



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