11/06/2010 7:30PM

Comma to the Top runs off with Real Quiet


INGLEWOOD, Calif. - The former maiden claimer Comma to the Top won his first stakes in Saturday’s $100,000 Real Quiet Stakes at Hollywood Park, the gelding’s first start beyond seven furlongs.

Ridden aggressively by jockey Corey Nakatani, Comma to the Top ($10.20) led throughout the Real Quiet over 1 1/16 miles, setting a quick early pace and drawing off to win by 6 1/4 lengths in 1:43.56.

Prayer for Relief, a 12-1 outsider, closed from sixth in a field of eight to finish second, 4 3/4 lengths in front of Clearance Clarence. Jakesam, the 2-1 favorite, finished fifth after racing third for the first half-mile.

The field was reduced by two starters with the morning scratches of 5-2 morning-line favorite Clubhouse Ride and Hollywood Fierce.

Comma to the Top races for a partnership and trainer Pete Miller. A Florida-bred colt by Bwana Charlie, Comma to the Top beat $50,000 claimers in a maiden race at Del Mar on July 22, his third career start, but was fourth in his next start, the Grade 2 Best Pal Stakes on Aug. 8, and sixth in the Grade 1 Del Mar Futurity on Sept. 8.

In October, Comma to the Top won twice at Golden Gate Fields over six furlongs – a starter allowance and a first-condition allowance race.

Miller said that Comma to the Top will be tried in a graded stakes around two turns for his next start, but has yet to determine which race. Comma to the Top has won 4 of 8 starts and $116,600.