Buenos Dias won for the first time in the United States, saving ground throughout en route to a clear victory in the $49,000 turf feature on Thursday at Hollywood Park.
Providing Hall of Fame trainer Ron McAnally with his first win of the spring-summer meet, the 5-year-old Peintre Celebre horse out of the Rainbow Quest mare Buenos Aires ended a nine race losing streak.
The victory was the 721st of McAnally’s career at Hollywood Park. He ranks fourth on the all-time list in Inglewood, trailing Bobby Frankel (952), Charlie Whittingham (859) and Mike Mitchell (810).
Eight of Buenos Dias’ defeats had come in this country. His last win before his 7-1 upset Thursday was in a listed stakes at Clairefontaine in France on Aug. 30, 2008.
An Irish bred owned by Charles Cella, Buenos Dias ran the 1 ½ miles under Brice Blanc in 2:26.76. He paid $16.40, $7.20 and $3.60 as the second longest shot in the field of five.
The win was his third in 19 lifetime starts. He has earned $223,412.
After pacesetter and 17-10 second choice Lease Of Life began to tire around the far turn, Buenos Dias moved decisively to the lead on the rail and was not menaced in the final quarter of a mile.
Romp, the 6-1 third choice, paid $5.20 and $3 after finishing three-quarters of a length in front of 9-10 favorite Falcon Rock. The show price on Falcon Rock, a distant second behind Acclamation in the Jim Murray Memorial Handicap on May 15, was $2.10. Muhannak and Lease Of Life completed the order of finish.
The defeat was the 10th in a row for Muhannak since his victory in the inaugural Breeders’ Cup Marathon in 2008 at Santa Anita.
Buenos Dias was the first of three winners that returned double digits in the Pick Six, which began with a carryover of $93,572. An additional $510,981 was wagered Thursday. There were 10 perfect tickets. Each was worth $37,724.
The day’s final race was taken by 6-1 shot Milty Way. The 3-year-old Stephen Got Even colt gave apprentice jockey Alex Gonzalez his first victory in Southern California.
A recent arrival to Hollywood Park, Gonzalez, 18, had been riding at Golden Gate Fields where he is fifth in the standings with 64 victories.
Racing continues Friday night. Post time is 7:05 p.m.
At the conclusion of the eighth and final race – approximately 10:30 p.m. – a concert starring Naked Eyes will begin at the North Park Lawn.