1-2-3 finish for Hollendorfer in Native Diver
INGLEWOOD, Calif. (AP) - Blueskiesnrainbows beat 2-1 favorite Hear the Ghost by a half-length, giving Hall of Fame trainer Jerry Hollendorfer a 1-2-3 finish in the $150,000 Native Diver Stakes on Saturday.
Hollendorfer's other entry, Rousing Sermon, was another half-length back in third at Betfair Hollywood Park.
Ridden by Martin Pedroza, Blueskiesnrainbows ran 1 1/8 miles on Cushion Track in 1:50.07 and paid $8.40, $3.80 and $3.
Hear the Ghost returned $4.20 and $3, while Rousing Sermon paid $3.20 to show.
It was Hollendorfer's second win in the 35-year-old race; Heatseeker took it in 2007.
Drill, trained by Hall of Famer Bob Baffert, finished fourth, extending the 4-year-old colt's losing skid to nine races this year.
In the $250,000 Hollywood Turf Cup, Lucayan rallied in the stretch to win by a half-length over 7-5 favorite Temeraine.
Ridden by Joel Rosario, Lucayan ran 1 1/2 miles in 2:26.14 and paid $5.40, $2.80 and $2.40 as the 8-5 second choice in the last graded stakes race on the turf before the 75-year-old track closes for good on Dec. 22.
Temeraine returned $2.80 and $2.20, while Segway was another 2 1/4 lengths back in third after leading most of the way in the Grade 2 race and paid $2.60 to show. The field of six equaled the smallest number of horses to run in the 31-year-old race.
France-bred Lucayan ended a six-race skid in North America with the win.
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