Love Theway Youare ended an 11 race losing streak and became a Grade I
winner at the same time, shocking heavily-favored Include Me Out in the
$250,000 Vanity Handicap Saturday at Betfair Hollywood Park.
Photo: Hollywood Park
Owned and trained by Myung Kwon Cho, the 4-year-old daughter of Arch
ran past a tiring Include Me Out, who had opened a clear lead into the
stretch after sitting behind a contested pace, and won for the first
time in nearly 14 months.
Before the Vanity, Love Theway You are, who unseated jockey Alonso
Quinonez in her previous start in the Grade II Marjorie L. Everett
Handicap May 19, had last won April 22, 2011 at Betfair Hollywood Park.
She prevailed by 2 ¼ lengths under jockey Joel Rosario in that optional
Teaming for the first time with jockey Garrett Gomez, who also won
the Vanity a year ago with Blind Luck, Love Theway Youare, who trailed
for the first six furlongs, ran the 1 1/8 miles over Cushion Track in
1:51.10, the slowest of 59 Vanitys run at nine furlongs.
Now 3-for-19 lifetime, the Kentucky bred, who is out of the Tabasco
Cat mare Diversa, has earned $362,990. The fifth choice in a field of
six at 18-1, Love Theway You are, who prevailed by 2 ½ lengths, paid
$38, $6.20 and $4.20.
“When we first came off the bend, she switched leads and dropped in
front of the other horses,’’ said Gomez. “I lost (Include Me Out)
because she quickened and I didn’t know if I could get to her.
“Then, as I got by a couple of those other horses, I could see that
horse starting to come back a little bit and I said, “Well, I think I
have her now.’ This filly just keeps staying and she did so again today.
She kept coming and coming. She doesn’t have any kind of gear, she’s
just one-paced the whole time.’’
Seeking her fourth consecutive graded win in a field reduced after
Ellafitz and Zazu were scratched, Include Me Out got a dream trip while
Rock and Glory, the 5-2 second choice, Caelis and Atlantic Swing clashed
in front of her, weakened considerably late.
Winner of the La Canada, Santa Margarita and Everett prior to
Saturday, Include Me Out, the 3-5 choice under Joe Talamo, had three
lengths with an eighth of a mile to run, but was no match for the
The 122-pound highweight, Include Me Out, who finished 6 ¾ lengths
in front of 26-1 outsider Zafeen’s Pearl, paid $2.40 and $2.10. The show
price on Zafeen’s Pearl was $4.
“I thought I was gone,’’ said Talamo. “She has kind of a tendency to
pull herself up. You known, when I passed (Caelis and Atlantic Swing) I
really thought the race was over. We’ve always beat (Love Theway You
are) so far, so many times. In hindsight, I wish I would have waited a
“Every time I’ve ridden her I’ve always tried to steal the race at
the quarter pole. That’s a brutal way to get beat in a Grade I.’’
Caelis wound up fourth, then came Atlantic Swing and Rock and Glory.
The trailer was pulled in the stretch by jockey Martin Garcia, but did
walk off for trainer Tim Yakteen.
Zazu, the 2011 Hollywood Oaks winner, was declared because she was
reportedly “off behind” and a nuclean scan is scheduled Tuesday,
according to trainer John Sadler. Ellafitz, who won the 2011 Bayakoa
Handicap locally for Hall of Fame trainer Bob Baffert, missed the Vanity
due to illness.