Photo: Hollywood Park
In the Stars, the 13-10 favorite, ran down pacesetter Kune
Kune in the closing yards to win the $53,050 feature Friday at Betfair
Given a ground-saving ride by jockey Corey Nakatani, the
4-year-old Brazilian bred filly split the eventual runner-up and third place
finisher Plaza de Indias inside the final sixteenth of a mile to prevail by a half-length.
Trained by Hall of Famer Richard Mandella for owner Alessandro
Arcangeli, the daughter of Romarin and the Dance Bid mare Miss Dance completed
the mile on turf in 1:36.12.
The victory was her second – both on grass - in four starts
in the United States. She’s won three of 10 in her career while earning $139,119.
Never higher than 9-5 since joining the Mandella stable, In
the Stars, who was a distant fourth behind eventual Bayakoa Stakes winner Lady
of Fifty in the Palm Springs Handicap over conventional dirt Nov. 1, paid
$4.60, $2.60 and $2.60.
Stretching out after a nose win at about 6 ½ furlongs over
the Santa Anita turf in her U.S. debut Nov. 4, Kune Kune, the 9-2 third choice,
had a sizable advantage through the first five furlongs, gamely fought back
when challenged, but weakened slightly late. She paid $5 and $3.80. Plaza de Indias, who
finished a half-length behind Kune Kune, returned $3.20 to show.
Jolly Days, Gem of Soul, Secret Cove, Cayanna and Minds
Eyes, the 4-1 second choice, completed the order of finish.
With two days remaining in the Autumn meet, Edwin Maldonado
holds a 26-21 lead over Martin Garcia in his bid for a first riding title in
A native of Puerto Rico, Maldonado, who turned 30 Dec. 1,
tripled Friday. After sweeping the early double with 2-1 favorite Leaving New
York and 13-1 shot Atticlude, the first winner for trainer Alerino Caceres, Jr.
since 1996, Maldonado returned to take the sixth with Dawn’s Charm.
The 3-1 second choice in a field of seven 2-year-old maiden
fillies, Dawn’s Charm quickly established the lead and was never menaced,
rolling to a 10 ¾ length victory. The fourth place finish of Sweet Sense, the
2-5 favorite, triggered some sizable show prices.
A gray daughter of Hard Spun trained by Jeff Bonde for owner
Michael House, Dawn’s Charm paid $8, $3.80 and $6.80. My Looloo returned $8 and
$14.60 while the show payoff on Mezzanotte was $25.80. Of the $47,517 wagered
to show in the 6 ½ furlong race over Cushion Track, $36,732 was bet on Sweet
The only other jockey with more than one win Friday was
. He picked up third race winner Insideonoutside when Garrett
Gomez was off his mounts due to illness for a second consecutive day and also
won the fifth with favored No Silent. Bejarano has 19 victories at the meet,
leaving him tied for third with Joe Talamo.