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Saratoga and Del Mar 2017

Love Theway Youare Surprises Vanity Foes

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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.

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 claimer.

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 winner.

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 little longer.

“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.


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