05/13/2010 6:46PM

Hollywood Park: Reliable claimer bails out Canani

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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.