Photo: Hollywood Park
After surrendering the lead to 7-10 favorite Jet Blue Girl early in
the stretch, Sizzling Gold
re-rallied to win the $61,672 feature Friday at Betfair Hollywood Park.
In a race originally scheduled for turf but moved to Cushion Track
due to wet weather, Sizzling Gold, the 9-1 fourth choice in a field of
five, ended a six race losing streak with a nose decision over 14-1
outsider Madera Castana. Jet Blue Girl was a nose back in third. Gem of
Soul and Cougarstown completed the order of finish. Belle Passe,
Missdealornodeal and Kune Kune were scratched.
Owned and trained by George Lopez, Sizzling Gold was ridden by
Agapito Delgadillo as she won for the 11th time in 35 starts. A
5-year-old daughter of Formal Gold and the Regal Intention mare Rosana’s
Intention, Sizzling Gold has earned $222,487.
The victory was the fifth of 2012 for Sizzling Gold, who completed
the six furlongs in 1:12.95. All of her wins this year have come since
she was claimed for $8,000 Feb. 26.
After disposing of early leader Cougarstown, Sizzling Gold, who was
bred in California by John D. Murphy, looked beaten when she was
challenged along the inside by Jet Blue Girl, but was resurgent before
holding off the late charge of Madera Castana.
A winner in half of her 12 races over synthetic surfaces, Sizzling
Gold paid $21.60, $7.40 and $3. Madera Castana returned $12.40 and $3.80
while the show price on Jet Blue Girl was $2.10.