INGLEWOOD, Calif. (AP) – Open Water upset 7-10 favorite Lady of Fifty to win the $150,250 Marjorie L. Everett Handicap by a length at Betfair Hollywood Park on Saturday, giving jockey Joe Talamo a sweep of the day’s stakes races.
He rode Unusual Hottie to victory in the $100,500 Fran’s Valentine Stakes earlier in the day.
Open Water ran 1 1/16 miles on Cushion Track in 1:44.01 and paid $21.40, $6.20 and $3.20 at 9-1 odds.
It was Open Water’s third win in 14 career starts, with earnings of $270,750. She earned her first win outside of Kentucky, snapping an 0-for-8 skid in California and New York. Her previous two wins came on synthetic Polytrack at Turfway Park.
“She was really game,” said Talamo, who won last year’s Everett Handicap with Include Me Out and was aboard Open Water for the first time.
Lady of Fifty returned $3 and $2.20, while I Dazzle was another 4 1/2 lengths back in third and paid $3.40 to show.
Unusual Hottie ran a mile on the turf in 1:34.28 and paid $11, $5.80 and $2.80. She won for the sixth time in 13 career starts and has earnings of $289,498. Talamo also won the race last year with Halo Dolly.
“Man, she sure is sweet to ride,” he said about Unusual Hottie. “Everything went perfect. I saved all the ground, swung out and she just took off.”
Sugarinthemorning returned $7 and $3.20 in losing her 13th in a row. Top Kisser was another nose back in third and paid $2.20 as the 4-5 favorite.
Za Approval wins $100,000 Red Bank Stakes
OCEANPORT, N.J. (AP) – Za Approval won a three-horse battle in the deep stretch Saturday in the $100,000 Red Bank Stakes at Monmouth Park, beating Tune Me In by three-quarters of a length.
Trained by Christophe Clement and ridden by Joe Bravo, the 5-year-old gelding ran a mile over the firm turf course in 1:34 2-5 and paid $3.80, $3 and $2.80. The victory in the Grade III race was the sixth win in 13 career starts for Za Approval and boosted his earnings to $302,165.
Tune Me In returned $13.20 and $8, and Bad Debt was a nose back in third and paid $10.
Glorious View wins Belmont’s Vagrancy Handicap
NEW YORK (AP) – Glorious View survived pressure early and late to capture her stakes debut, the $200,000 Vagrancy Handicap for fillies and mares at Belmont Park.
Junior Alvarado was aboard for Hall of Fame trainer Bill Mott as Glorious View held off Fantasy of Flight by a half-length. The 4-year-old extended her winning streak to four, running 6 1/2 furlongs in 1:15.96.
Glorious View paid $5.40, $3.80 and $2.90. Fantasy of Flight returned $4.30 and $3.30, and Withgreatpleasure paid $3.10 to show.