07/18/2010 3:45PM

Hollywood: Ex Lover wins messy opener


Ex Lover ($28) rallied wide through the stretch of Monday's first race to win a maiden race over a mile on turf, largely avoiding a bumping incident in midstretch that resulted in an inquiry and objection.

Ex Lover finished a half-length in front of 3-5 favorite Fashion Trend, who was followed by Irish Torrent. The stewards conducted an inquiry into a bumping incident, focusing on Fashion Trend, Irish Torrent and fourth-place finisher Hello Walls. The stewards rules that Hello Walls was in tight quarters near Irish Torrent, and that Fashion Trend was not at fault. Jockey Victor Espinoza, who rode Irish Torrent claimed foul against Fashion Trend, but the stewards disallowed the objection.