09/22/2013 9:21PM

Barretts at Fairplex: Blueskiesnrainbows wins Ralph M. Hinds Handicap

Benoit & Associates
Blueskiesnrainbows, ridden by Martin Pedroza, wins the Ralph M. Hinds Handicap by four lengths Sunday.

POMONA, Calif. – The 4-year-old colt Blueskiesnrainbows and 48-year-old jockey Martin Pedroza both returned to top form this fall at the Los Angeles County Fair race meet.

Pedroza guided Blueskiesnrainbows ($7.60) to a four-length win Sunday in the $100,000 Ralph M. Hinds Handicap on closing day of the 13-day meet at Barretts at Fairplex, where Pedroza regained his status as top jockey.

The runner-up in the standings a year ago, Pedroza won the 2013 title despite missing three days following a spill Sept. 14. Pedroza, who led the standings for 13 straight years (1999-2011), finished the meet with 25 wins. Pedroza is the all-time leading rider at Fairplex with 730 wins.

The Hinds was expected to be a showdown between Clubhouse Ride and Oilisblackgold. The showdown did not materialize. Clubhouse Ride finished a disappointing fourth as the 2-1 favorite; Oilisblackgold scratched with an unspecified setback.

Blueskiesnrainbows and Pedroza set the pace with token pressure from El Commodore and Endorsement before breaking it open into the lane. Fire With Fire finished second, 2 3/4 lengths in front of third-place Shadow Runner.

The order of finish was completed by Clubhouse Ride, Lucky Primo, El Commodore, and Endorsement. The final time for 1 1/8 miles was 1:51.59.

Jerry Hollendorfer trains Blueskiesnrainbows, whose previous stakes win was the Grade 2 Swaps Stakes in 2012 while trained by Bob Baffert. Blueskiesnrainbows, by English Channel, has won five races and $368,002 from 19 starts.

Oilisblackgold, unbeaten in two starts at Barretts, “had a little setback,” trainer Craig Dollase said. It was unclear Sunday if the setback would prevent Oilisblackgold from a fall campaign. “We’ll see,” Dollase said. “We’ll know in a few days.”

Last year’s leading rider, Edwin Maldonado, finished second in the standings with 20 wins. Trainer Doug O’Neill led the Fairplex standings for the ninth time, saddling 13 winners. He ranks fourth in track history with 123 wins.


Lawrence Vaccarelli More than 1 year ago
Half brother to Blueskiesnrainbows stands in NY at Runway farm
MD23 More than 1 year ago
It's time for Clubhouse Ride to make a trip to the farm. If they rested him a while and brough him back next year he could still be a useful racehorse but right now he is exhausted!
Vince More than 1 year ago
Imagine racing a horse 9 times in 10 months....PLEASE
Mike B More than 1 year ago
But for horseplayers--the story was the guy bringing in the $10, $20, $30, $40 (even today) a $54 dollar win ticket... And run the numbers on what you would've earned putting all Gonzalo Nicolas' mounts across the board for the meet. He ended up #5 in standing riding predominantly long shots and brought more double odds in the money than any jockey I have seen in a long time.. Think he was on the board on about all his mounts today (1st through 4th). Nice article on apprentices today in DRF, however, on whether it is the jockey or the weight. One thing is for sure, I bet some people try him on the big circuit at Santa Anita. He and Irving will be "go to" for trainers/owners needing the bug weight. The lighter weight seemed to really give them bounce at Barretts. We could see lots of these two SoCal apprentices if the same holds for the fall dirt at SA.
Big Jeff More than 1 year ago
Endorsement is not the same horse. At one point he did show promise though.
Randy Baker More than 1 year ago
Heaven on earth for horseplayers.especially in the fall .real dirt ,beautiful view of the san gabriel mountains. (No smog) please dont develop this property like bay meadows and hollywood park.i
Randy Baker More than 1 year ago
Santa anita not puddingstone er frank g bonelli er barretts fairplex er bullring
Randy Baker More than 1 year ago
And while im ranting change the names back to what they ought to be.the chandeliier,frontrunner,give me a break,zenyattas ok but dont dis ladies secret like some cheap claimer.
ryan More than 1 year ago
I do love Fairplex, though there is something about those turns... It's a nice break. But Santa Anita, is the best most beautiful track i North America, hands down!
rahman Williams More than 1 year ago
Thank God Santa anita is opening.