06/06/2010 5:15PM

Hollywood Park: New Bay scores off claim


New Bay won his first start for trainer Mike Mitchell in an optional claimer over seven furlongs in Sunday's fifth race, and was fully extended to hold off a late run from 7-5 favorite Bestdressed.

New Bay ($7.60) was timed in 1:22.45, and was given a confident ride from jockey Rafael Bejarano, who stalked the pace three-wide before taking the lead in mid-stretch. Sunday's race was New Bay's first start for Mitchell since being claimed for $50,000 on April 24.

Charm N Chuck was an unlucky third. Making his first start since finishing fourth in an allowance race at Santa Anita last April, Charm N Chuck raced was in a tight position on the rail and was beaten a length.