U R All That I Am Takes Fran's Valentine

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U R All That I Am made a successful debut around two turns, winning the $62,400 Fran’s Valentine on Sunday at Hollywood Park.

Trained by Jerry Hollendorfer for owner-breeder Tommy Town Thoroughbreds LLC, the 4-year-old Valid Wager filly out of the Fort Calgary mare Fort Silver earned her second stakes victory of the meet.

On April 24, U R All That I Am captured one of the California Gold Rush events, taking the $147,000 B. Thoughtful on Cushion Track by a half-length over Ruffled Feathers.

Stretching out and switching to turf, the 2-1 second choice tracked the pace set by Woman Warrior, bid outside that one early in the stretch, then kicked clear in the final eighth of a mile. Ridden by Rafael Bejarano, she won by 2 ¼ lengths while covering the mile in 1:34.63.

Second, defeated by a head by Unzip Me in the Irish O’Brien on March 20 at Santa Anita in her only previous race on grass, U R All That I Am won for the eighth time in 15 lifetime outings. She has earned $307,628.

Hollendorfer also saddled You Lift Me Up, who disappointed as the 7-10 favorite.

Seeking her seventh victory on turf, the 5-year-old daughter of Lord Carson and the Green Dancer mare Up On Her Toes never threatened, finishing fourth in the field of five. She wound up 6 ¾ lengths behind her stablemate.

Her poor performance led to some inflated show payoffs on the first three finishers. Of the $168,614 bet to show in the Fran’s Valentine, $143,484 was wagered on You Lift Me Up.

U R All That I Am, who provided Bejarano with his second Fran’s Valentine win in a row after he scored with Bootleg Annie in 2009, returned $6.20, $3.40 and $7.80. Woman Warrior, who has been first or second in four of her six starts on turf, paid $6.40 and $21.40. The show price on Salty Fries, who was the longest shot in the field at 10-1, was $25.20. Salty Fries finished 3 ½ lengths behind Woman Warrior.

“There wasn’t a lot of speed,’’ said Bejarano after his fourth stakes win of the meet, enabling him to tie Mike Smith for the lead in the category. “When I saw Woman Warrior was going to the lead by herself, I just tried to get my filly closer. On the turn she showed me a big kick, a big turn of foot.’’

Hollendorfer praised the tactics employed by Bejarano.

“The race was won out of the gate when Rafael adjusted,’’ he said. “He came out there real well and instead of laying third or fourth, he decided he could lay second easily enough. I think that was a key part of the race.

“I was hoping You Lift Me up would run better, but she did not fire today for whatever reason. I’m thankful that we had U R All That I Am in there to pick up the win.’’

Hollywood Park will be open for simulcasts on Wednesday. Gates will open at 10:15 a.m.

Live racing will resume on Thursday. Post time is 1 p.m.



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