10/21/2010 10:20PM

Oak Tree: 12-1 Romp pulls shocker


Romp, winless in 13 starts since November 2008, pulled an upset in Thursday's third race, the first leg of the pick six.

Ridden by Alonso Quinonez, Romp ($27.40) closed along the inside to finish a nose in front of Worth Repeating, who led by as many as seven lengths in the allowance race over 1 1-4 miles on the main track. Where's the Remote, the runner-up in the Grade 1 Clement Hirsch Stakes on Oct. 2 and the 2-5 favorite in this field, finished third, never threatening to win.

The race was originally scheduled for turf but was transferred to the main track because of wet weather earlier in the week.

Romp has been a distance horsre in recent years. He was second in the Grade 2 San Luis Rey Handicap at Santa Anita earlier this year, and spent the summer at Saratoga, where he finsihed eighth in the Grade 1 Sword Dancer Stakes and an optional claimer.

Romp is the latest success for the red-hot trainer Kristin Mulhall, who has won with four of her first six starters at the Oak Tree at Hollywood Park meeting. Mulhall has one more starter on Thursday evening, Hot Affair in the fifth race over six furlongs. The race was originally scheduled for turf but has been transferred. Quinonez has the mount on Hot Affair. 

Where's the Remote was being considered for the Breeders' Cup Marathon on Nov. 5 going into this race, but this loss has likely put an end to those plans. He never seemed interested.