09/15/2013 7:52PM

Barretts at Fairplex: Hi Fashioned wins maiden in Barretts Juvenile


POMONA, Calif. – The Barretts Juvenile was a rough-and-tumble affair Sunday at Barretts at Fairplex, where the maiden Hi Fashioned scored his first win in the $100,000 stakes.

Trouble occurred both early and late. After a lengthy review, stewards finally declared the front-running Hi Fashioned the official winner after he defeated the favored I Earned It Baby by 1 1/4 lengths.

Hi Fashioned and jockey Agapito Delgadillo set the early pace and then drifted out on the first turn. That caused I Earned It Baby and jockey Martin Garcia to steady. Both horses regained their stride, but the fight was only getting started.

After turning into the stretch, I Earned It Baby appeared to drift in slightly, making contact with Hi Fashioned. They brushed twice more in the stretch, and I Earned It Baby made the lead by a head at the eighth pole, but Hi Fashioned re-rallied inside and was inching clear at the finish.

Delgadillo acknowledged the incident on the first turn. “I drifted out a little bit, but we never made any contact,” he said. “In the stretch, I think he bumped me the first time.”

I Earned It Baby, an impressive debut winner, was making his second career start, and Garcia said Delgadillo “definitely cost me the race.”

“On the first turn, he pushed me out,” Garcia said. “My horse almost clipped heels.”

After an eight-minute review, the stewards allowed the order of finish to stand. They also reviewed the start of the race after Willie B Awesome refused to break. The stewards ruled that the gates opened simultaneously for all 10 starters.

Mike Harrington trains Hi Fashioned, a son of Old Fashioned purchased for $70,000 at the Barretts January sale. Hi Fashioned previously finished second in two maiden races at Del Mar. The third choice in the betting, Hi Fashioned returned $12.40 after completing the race in 1:19.21.

The order of finish after runner-up I Earned It Baby was Storm Reveler, Gangnam Guy, Hirschy, Echo Zulu, Outlook, Now You’re It, Raise the Hoof, and Willie B Awesome.

No one hit the pick six Sunday. The carryover into Wednesday is $25,384.

• Jockey Martin Pedroza took off his nine mounts Sunday due to a sore knee following a spill Saturday. Edwin Maldonado rode three winners and ended the week trailing Pedroza 18-12 in the jockeys’ standings.