05/13/2010 6:46PM

Hollywood Park: Reliable claimer bails out Canani


Trainer Julio Canani, who was winless with his first 11 starters at this meeting, found his first win of the season in Thursday's sixth race with Silent Stalk ($4.40).

Ridden by Martin Pedroza, Silent Stalk led through an opening quarter-mile of 22.54 seconds, held off a threat in early stretch from Lavender Touch and pulled away in the final furlong to win by 1 3-4 lengths, finishing six furlongs in 1:09.74. Lavender Touch held second.

Silent Stalk has won three of her last six starts, and 6 of 18 in her career. Canani, who has hit with a 26 percent strike rate this year, has no further starters on Thursday.

Silent Stalk was claimed Thursday for $20,000 by John Sadler (for Tommy Town Thoroughbreds) in a two-way shake.