11-10 favorite Schiaparelli
stretched out successfully in the $150,000 Royal Heroine Mile for her third win of 2013.
Providing leading jockey Joe Talamo with his third of four wins
Saturday, the 5-year-old gray daughter of Ghostzapper and the Avenue of
Flags mare Cambiocorsa led throughout in the grassy Grade II, holding on
by a half-length over Egg Drop, the longest shot in the field at 7-1.
In her first start beyond 6 ½ furlongs, Schiaparelli, who has won five of nine in her career, completed the distance in 1:34.11
Owned by breeder Ran Jan Racing, Inc. and trained by Mike Puype,
Schiaparelli increased her earnings to $274,184 with her initial graded
victory. The win was also her third in four attempts over the Betfair
Hollywood Park grass. She paid $4.20, $3 and $2.40
Egg Drop, who had won a $57,842 allowance going six furlongs in her
turf debut May 24, returned $6.20 and $4.60. She finished 4 ½ lengths
clear of 5-1 shot My Gi Gi as the winner’s closest pursuer through
legitimate fractions (23.73, 46.74 and 1:09.74 for six furlongs). The
show price on My Gi Gi was $4.
I Dazzle, the 3-1 second choice, and a troubled Stormy Lucy completed the order of finish. Appealing was scratched.
The stewards conducted an inquiry regarding an incident involving Stormy Lucy and Egg Drop approaching the stretch.
Stormy Lucy steadied while appearing to clip the heels of the
runner-up and stumbled badly under jockey Martin Pedroza. The stewards
ruled that the 4-year-old Stormy Atlantic filly was the cause of her own
trouble, so no change was made in the order of finish.
“She was pressed all the way and had to really fight the whole race
to get the job done,’’ said Talamo after his meet-high 10th stakes
success. “She was kind of looking around a little bit down the lane,
which she kind of does sometimes.
“I had to ride her a little harder than I thought I would have to.
But she pulled it off and every time (Egg Drop) would get close to her
she kept finding more.’’
With five days remaining in the Spring/Summer meet, Talamo, who also
won the third with 17-10 favorite Gnarly Dude, the fourth with Cast a
Doubt ($3.40) and the seventh with 9-1 outsider Forever Freedom, holds a
49-45 lead over defending S/S champion Bejarano.
Shortly after the Royal Heroine was made official, Laffit Pincay,
Jr. presented the 10th annual award named in his honor to fellow Hall of
Fame jockey Eddie Delahoussaye.
First presented in 2004 to esteemed executive and racing publicist
Bob Benoit, the Laffit Pincay, Jr. Award is given yearly to someone who
has served the sport with integrity, extraordinary dedication,
determination and distinction.
On the one-year anniversary of her becoming the first female rider
to win the Gold Cup aboard Game On Dude, jockey Chantal Sutherland rode
for the first time at Betfair Hollywood Park since last July 15.
Sutherland, who retired last Oct. 21 before returning to riding June 6
at Woodbine, finished last on the Mike Machowsky-trained Bold Decision,
who was dismissed at 35-1 in Saturday’s sixth, a $53,000 maiden race
for 2-year-old fillies.
Since ending her retirement, Sutherland is winless with 15 mounts.