Doinghardtimeagain, Omega Star win at Santa Anita
ARCADIA, Calif. (AP) - Doinghardtimeagain beat Hail Mary by 3 1/2 lengths to win the $200,000 Evening Jewel Stakes for 3-year-old California-bred fillies at Santa Anita on Saturday.
Ridden for the first time by Rafael Bejarano, Doinghardtimeagain ran 6 1/2 furlongs in 1:16 and paid $9.20, $4.20 and $3.80 as the 7-2 second choice in the 11-horse field.
Hail Mary returned $7 and $6, while 30-1 shot Cloudy Moon was another four lengths back in third and paid $10.20 to show. Sweet Marini, the 3-5 favorite, broke sluggishly and was never a factor. She finished seventh, beaten nearly 20 lengths.
"She had a lot of kickback (dirt in her face) and she just didn't fire,'' jockey Joe Talamo said.
Trained by Jerry Hollendorfer, Doinghardtimeagain has three wins in seven starts. She earned $110,000, increasing her career total to $346,270.
"She ran like we expected,'' said Dan Ward, assistant to Hollendorfer. "She was training well and got a super trip. He's (Bejarano) the best rider. He knew he had it. He's 17-for-28 on our horses. I just told him she has enough speed to be up close and that she likes to fight. She's a hard trier.''
In the $200,000 Echo Eddie Stakes for California-bred 3-year-olds, 9-5 favorite Omega Star held off 23-1 shot Fighting Hussar to win by a nose.
Ridden by Talamo, Omega Star ran 6 1/2 furlongs in 1:17.19 and paid $5.60, $3.60 and $3.
"That was a perfect trip,'' Talamo said. "I had a lot of horse under me the whole way, tracked right outside, and he did the rest.''
Omega Star was coming off a seventh-place finish in the Grade 2 San Felipe Stakes on March 9.
Fighting Hussar returned $12.60 and $7.60, while 100-1 shot Lovemeister was another 1 1/2 lengths back in third and paid $22.40 to show.
The victory, worth $110,000, increased Omega Star's career earnings to $213,250, with two wins in five starts.