10/01/2010 12:24AM

Hollywood: Spaniard was unlucky

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Spaniard was unlucky not to win Thursday's third race, an optional claimer over 6 1-2 furlongs.

Ridden by Martin Garcia, Spaniard rallied between horses to reach contention in the final furlong, but was forced to steady at a pivotal point in the stretch when a gap between Best Mon and eventual winner Don Tito ($5.20) was too narrow. Garcia regrouped on Spaniard and coaxed the 4-year-old colt into another burst of speed, which was a half-length short of Don Tito at the finish.

With a clean trip, Spaniard could have won. Trained by Bob Baffert, Spaniard was second in the Pirate's Bounty Stakes at Del Mar on Sept. 8 in his stakes debut.

Race winner Don Tito made his California debut on Thursday. A 3-year-old colt by Trippi, Don Tito had won 2 of 3 starts at Calder before being transferred to trainer John Sadler's from Florida trainer Marty Wolfson. It may only be the last evening of September, but it's easy to envision Don Tito in the Grade 1 Malibu Stakes over seven furlongs for 3-year-olds at Santa Anita on Dec. 26.