Updated on 09/16/2011 7:46AM

Beat Hollow blows right by 'em


ARCADIA, Calif. - Beat Hollow was supposed to win his United States debut in a at Santa Anita on Thursday. But even jockey Alex Solis was surprised at the burst of speed that helped the 5-year-old get out of trouble in a few strides in midstretch.

"I got blown into the backseat," Solis said.

Rallying past Little Ghazi and Lily's Lad in the final furlong, Beat Hollow ($3) finished 1 1/8 miles on turf in 1:47.15 to win by a length in his first start for trainer Bobby Frankel.

The allowance race was Beat Hollow's first start since he won the Group 1 Grand Prix de Paris in June 2000. The win in that prestigious race remains the career highlight of a well-regarded horse who finished third as the favorite in the 2000 English Derby behind Sinndar and Sakhee.

"He can fly," Solis said. "He could be anything. He was fresh and he hadn't run in a while. I saved ground the whole way and had a lot in reserve."

Beat Hollow was still third in midstretch when Solis switched him to the outside. At that point, the horse quickly went by Little Ghazi, who was ridden by Eddie Delahoussaye. The turn of foot gave Frankel a chance to breathe.

"For a few strides, it didn't look like he'd catch them, but his class showed," Frankel said. "Eddie rode a great race."

Owned by Juddmonte Farms, Beat Hollow will be pointed for the $700,000 Explosive Bid Handicap at Fair Grounds on March 24.

"I've had him about four or five months," Frankel said. "He trained like a good horse."

Busy week for Australian

This has been an eventful racing week for Kalatiara, the stakes winner from Australia who is trained by Ron McAnally.

On Wednesday, Kalatiara fell during a routine gallop. A bandage protecting a foreleg came undone during a gallop, causing the 5-year-old Kalatiara to trip. She was not injured.

"The Velcro came loose," McAnally said. "It scared the hell out of me."

On Thursday, Kalatiara worked three furlongs. On Friday, she was entered for Sunday's second race, a $60,000 allowance race on the hillside turf course. Kalatiara is the likely favorite in a tough field, facing four others.

Kalatiara won the Grade 3 Royal Heroine Stakes last July, but was third in a one-mile allowance race on Jan. 16. In Australia in 2000, she won four consecutive races from six furlongs to seven furlongs on turf.

If Kalatiara doesn't win, McAnally has a suitable backup in Gabriellina Giof. The winner of the Manhattan Beach Stakes last June, Gabriellina Giof was a troubled eighth in the Monrovia Handicap on Dec. 31.

The other three runners in the field are stakes winners: Crazy Ensign, Fair Apache, and Rolly Polly.

Affluent going for sweep

Next Saturday, McAnally starts Affluent, the likely favorite in the $200,000 La Canada Stakes. Affluent is attempting to complete a sweep of the La Canada series, having won the La Brea Stakes and El Encino Stakes earlier at this meeting. Run over 1 1/8 miles on dirt, the La Canada field is expected to include Ask Me No Secrets, Azeri, Royally Chosen, and Summer Colony.

On Sunday, four stakes winners start in the $200,000 Las Virgenes Stakes, a Grade 1 for 3-year-old fillies over a mile. Habibti (the winner of the Hollywood Starlet Stakes) will face Bella Bella

Bella (Santa Ysabel Stakes), Tali'sluckybusride (Oak Leaf Stakes), and You (Frizette Stakes). They will be joined by Rich Musique and Spring Meadow.

Friday's restricted Sham Stakes could produce a few candidates for the Santa Anita Derby on April 6. Run over 1 1/8 miles, the Sham is expected to draw Cottonwood Cowboy, Definite Edge, Hot Contest, Shah Jehan, and USS Tinoso.

Shah Jehan, a $4.4 million yearling purchase, will be making his debut for trainer D. Wayne Lukas. Campaigned in Europe last year with trainer Aidan O'Brien, Shah Jehan had one win in four starts, finished second in a minor stakes in Ireland, and was unplaced in two Group 1 stakes - the Dewhurst Stakes at Newmarket, England, and the Grand Criterium at Longchamp, France.