Benefitting from patient handling by jockey Julien Leparoux, Mr. and
Mrs. Larry D. Williams’ U’narack found room entering the stretch to
rally and go on to score a narrow but convincing victory in Friday’s
featured $200,000 Real Good Deal Stakes for California-bred
Forced to bide his time behind horses on the stretch turn, Leparoux
swung U’narack to the outside and the son of Unusual Heat responded
generously to score by a half-length over 9-1 longshot Ambitious Brew.
Raised a Secret was third, 1 3/4 lengths behind the runner-up and
half-length in front of fourth-place Omega Star.
Tiz a Minister, the 8-5 favorite, trailed early in the seven-furlong
sprint and wound up a non-threatening fifth in the eight-horse field.
U’narack ran the distance in 1:22.23 in scoring his third victory in
five starts. Going postward at 5-1, the winner paid $12.60, $6.80 and
$4.80. First money of $110,000 increased the gelding’s earnings to
$194,080. Jerry Hollendorfer conditions the sophomore who was a two-time
winner at Betfair Hollywood Park.
Runner-up Ambitious Brew, who was piloted by Mike Smith, paid $9.40 and $5.20 while Raised a Secret returned $3.80 to show.