Prince Abama gets jump on foes, takes Hollywood Turf Cup

Prince Abama gets jump on foes, takes Hollywood Turf Cup
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Prince Abama stalked the leader for the first portion of the 12-furlong Hollywood Turf Cup at Del Mar Friday, took over the lead at the mile marker, then simply outran his six rivals in the Grade 2 headliner to report home a three-quarter length winner.

The 4-year-old Irish-bred gelding by the British sire Tamayuz, owned by Michael House, earned a first prize of $150,000 for taking the $250,000 feature and pushed his lifetime earnings up to $327,553 with his third victory in 10 starts.

He was ridden by Flavien Prat, who was tallying his fourth winner of the afternoon. The chestnut is trained by Phil D’Amato, who was capturing the marathon for the second year in a row. He took it last year with the 6-year-old Say the Word.

D'Amato said Prat's timing and Prince Abama's maturation added up to the victory.

“Flavien made the right move at the right time," he said. "He sensed that the pace was ultra slow when that three horse was on the lead. He decided at the 5/8’s pole, he wanted to be on the lead and that was the winning move. He (Prince Abama) has just matured and got better.”

Finishing second in Friday’s affair was Eclipse Thoroughbred Partners or Frassetto’s The Grey Wizard, who was a head better than Eclipse Thoroughbred Partners, Freeman and LaPenta’s Avenue.

Prince Abama paid $7.60, $4.00 and $3.00 across the board. The Grey Wizard returned $5.60 and $4.00, while Avenue paid $4.80 to show.

Nobody could identify all six winners in the Pick Six Single Ticket Jackpot wager for the eighth day in a row. That means that the carryover will amount to $295,929 on Saturday. The nine-race card has a first post of 12:30 p.m. PST (3:30 p.m. EST).

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