Photo: Hollywood Park
collared stablemate Never in the final strides, completing a Bob Baffert exacta
in a $54,908 optional claimer Thursday at Hollywood Park.
was the second time in the last three racing days that the Hall of Fame trainer
had a 1-2 finish. On July 10, E Z’s Gentleman and Sangaree captured the top
spots in the $250,000 Triple Bend Handicap.
by Arnold Zetcher, who also campaigns E Z’s Gentleman, Spurrier won for the
fifth time in 23 starts, prevailing by a head in 1:42.99 for the 1 1/16 miles
over Cushion Track. The gray has earned $252,447.
5-year-old son of Dixieland Band and the Valiant Nature mare Humble, Spurrier
was the second of four wins on the afternoon for leading rider Joel Rosario.
2-1 second choice in the field of five, Spurrier paid $6.40, $2.80 and $2.10.
who had won two of his previous three starts for Fog City Stable, returned
$4.20 and $2.20. The show price on One Track Mind, the 13-10 choice, was $2.10.
He finished 2 ¼ lengths behind Never.
while setting the pace by the newly blinkered Blue Chagall, One Track Mind
dispatched of that rival to open a two length lead with a furlong to run, but
was overhauled by Never with less than a sixteenth to go.
outside Never, Spurrier was able to earn his third win in five tries at Hollywood Park. All of his victories have come at
a mile and a sixteenth.
Chagall wound up fourth, 3 ¾ lengths behind One Track Mind and Delightful Kiss
completed the order of finish.