Photo: Hollywood Park
Black Astor a year ago, Marlang led throughout Sunday to win the $100,000
Sunset Handicap, the closing day feature of the spring-summer meet at Hollywood Park.
by Neil Drysdale for owner-breeder Gustav Schickedanz, the 5-year-old Langfuhr
horse out of the Conquistador Cielo mare Marienburg quickly took control, then
repelled a challenge from Champ Pegasus in the final eighth of a mile to end a
six race losing streak.
his Sunday success, the Canadian bred had blanked since taking the Saranac,
which, like the Sunset, is a Grade III, on Aug. 31, 2008 at Saratoga.
victory capped another brilliant meet locally for jockey Joel Rosario. The
Republic native earned his third
consecutive riding title at Hollywood
including the 2009 autumn meet.
finished with 79 victories, four more than runner-up Rafael Bejarano. He also
tied for second with Mike Smith in stakes successes with six, one fewer than
went to the post quiet but he was sweating a little,’’ said Rosario, who also
won the Swaps Stakes Saturday with Skipshot. “I sent him to the lead and he got
a little tough after that.
a long striding horse and about halfway through the race he came back to me
real nice. That’s why he finished better today. I want to thank all the people
here for all the kindness and all the owners here at Hollywood
for supporting me. Everything worked out real nice.’’
Drysdale with his second Sunset win – the other was with Always First in 2005 –
Marlang ran the 1 ½ miles on turf in 2:25.45.
2-1 favorite in a field reduced to six after the Sunday morning scratch of Oil
Man, Marlang paid $6.80, $3.60 and $3.20 for the one length score. He’s won
five of 15 with earnings of $558,212.
his graded stakes debut after consecutive grass victories, Champ Pegasus, the
5-2 second choice, returned $3.60 and $3.20.
finished 1 ¾ lengths in front of Unusual Suspect. The show price on Unusual
Suspect, who is winless in eight 2010 starts, was $3.20.
was 1 ¾ lengths back in fourth, then came Buenos Dias and Great Siege.