07/17/2011 5:43PM

Hollywood: Metz claims winner


Ballestero won Sunday's third race for $8,000 claimers and was claimed by trainer Jeff Metz.

Ballestero ($6.40) finished three-quarters of a length in front of Lease of Life in the field of nine, which was reduced by one when Oh How Nice, a 55-1 shot, was scratched at the gate because of coughing and the presence of mucous.

Ballestero was trained by Mike Mitchell for Sunday's race. The 7-year-old gelding has been claimed in his last three starts - for $5,000 and for $8,000 twice.