remained perfect on turf and ran his win streak to four, going virtually gate-to-wire in the $74,670 Tsunami Slew Stakes Sunday at Betfair Hollywood Park.
In a race reduced to five starters with the scratch of 8-5 morning line favorite Gabriel Charles due to illness, Rosengold easily made the lead into the first turn under jockey Martin Garcia, opened an eight-lead advantage midway through the one mile contest, then was all out to hold on by a neck over 2-1 second choice Pure Loyalty.
Owned by co-breeder Bill Currin and trained by Julio Canani, the 3-year-old Stormello colt covered the distance in 1:35.59. He paid $3.60, $2.40 and $2.10 as the 4-5 favorite.
Rosengold, who is out of the Mr. Prospector mare Lit’l Rose, is 3-for-3 in grass stakes, having won the Baffle and Pasadena in March at Santa Anita prior to Sunday. The chestnut, who has not lost since trailing in his debut over the Santa Anita dirt Jan. 5, has earned $166,660.
“I just freshened this horse up because he ran three very hard races at Santa Anita,’’ said Canani, who had spent two days in the hospital (June 19 and 20) for an eye operation. “I didn’t want to run him until Del Mar, but now he’s ready for the ($100,000) Oceanside (Stakes July 17).’’
No worse than second in three races on grass, Pure Loyalty rallied strongly after being in front of only Dirty Swagg early, but couldn’t quite get to the winner. He paid $2.80 and $2.10.
Golden Gate shipper Olympic Blue, who had won four in a row – including his first three races on turf – finished five lengths behind Pure Loyalty. The show price on Olympic Blue was $2.20. Show Some Magic and Dirty Swagg completed the order of finish.
Later in the program, trainer Mike Puype’s consecutive win streak came to an end at six when first time starter Moonlight Splitter finished 10th in the sixth race.
Puype’s roll, which began Thursday and continued through Saturday, enabled the 46-year-old native of Arizona to match a Betfair Hollywood Park record set by Allan Drumheller, Sr. 58 years earlier (July 4-5, 1955).
Racing resumes Thursday. Post time is 1 p.m.