Photo: Hollywood Park
earned her first win outside Northern California, taking advantage of a perfect
trip to win the $53,300 Life Is Sweet Stakes Friday night at Hollywood Park.
to sit third early in the field of five while It Tiz and Ellafitz, the top two
betting choices, battled for supremacy, Washington Bridge rallied outside under
jockey Rafael Bejarano to gain the lead with a little more than a sixteenth of
a mile remaining.
the finish, the 3-year-old Yankee Gentleman filly out of the Prized mare Stirling Bridge had 2 ¼ lengths on 19-10 second
choice It Tiz. The 5-1 shot completed the 1 1/16 miles over Cushion Track in
victory was the fourth in 17 lifetime starts for Washington Bridge.
She has earned $131,089 for trainer Jerry Hollendorfer, who co-owns the Kentucky bred with Mark
win was the second in a row for Washington
Bridge, who was making her first start
over the Hollywood
Park main track. She had
defeated five allowance rivals Oct. 24 at Golden Gate Fields.
her first appearance on synthetic since finishing fourth in the 2009 Hollywood
Starlet, It Tiz surprisingly made the lead over 13-10 favorite Ellafitz after
breaking from the inside, but the quick early fractions (23.09 and 46.43 for
the half mile) took a toll and she settled for second.
of Reference, another Golden Gate shipper, was third, followed by Gripsholm Castle and Ellafitz.
who had been 11-1 or higher in her six previous races in Southern
California, paid $13, $5 and $3. It Tiz, who finished 2 ¼ lengths
in front of Point of Reference, returned $3.20 and $2.40. Point of Reference,
the longest shot in the lineup at nearly 13-1, paid $2.80 to show.
were 76 winning tickets in the Pick Six. Each was worth $3,539. A total of
$386,855 was wagered Friday in pursuit of a $54,204 carryover.