Updated on 09/16/2011 8:36AM

Denon takes Whittingham


INGLEWOOD, Calif. - Trainer Bobby Frankel was already having a memorable Saturday when Milwaukee Brew started as the favorite in the $500,000 Californian Stakes at Hollywood Park.

Earlier, Frankel had won the $350,000 with Denon, but he was more impressed with Milwaukee Brew's late rally to win the Grade 2 Californian.

Closing from sixth on the final turn, Milwaukee Brew won his second major race of 2002, three months after he won the $1 million Santa Anita Handicap.

"He's a very good horse, he proved it today by making up that ground," Frankel said.

Making up three lengths in the final three furlongs, Milwaukee Brew ($5.40) finished 1 1-8 miles in 1:48.06, edging Bosque Redondo by a head.

Bosque Redondo was near the pace throughout and led narrowly in deep stretch after pacesetters Reba's Gold and Investor's Dream were no longer in contention.

Milwaukee Brew, behind the frontrunners on the backstretch, angled to the outside in early stretch and caught Bosque Redondo in the final 50 yards.

"We got lucky," Frankel said. "I haven't seen somebody make up two lengths on Bosque Redondo. Bosque Redondo is a tough little horse."

Momentum finished third, a length behind Milwaukee Brew, and was followed by Investor's Dream, Redattore, Reba's Gold, and Pie n Burger. Lethal Instrument was pulled up after a furlong and vanned off.

Milwaukee Brew gave Frankel his second consecutive win in the Californian.

Owned by Frank Stronach, the 5-year-old Milwaukee Brew has won 6 of 16 starts and $1,446,612.

Frankel said Milwaukee Brew will be pointed for the $750,000 Hollywood Gold Cup on July 14.

*Momentum was jockey Garrett Gomez's only losing stakes mount of the day.

Until Saturday, Gomez was having a meeting to forget at Hollywood Park.

But in less than two hours, Gomez rode Denon to an upset win in the Whittingham and guided Adoration to her second consecutive stakes win in the $250,000 Hollywood Breeders' Cup Oaks.

"It's been a little slow, so this is a day to remember," Gomez said.

A 4-year-old, Denon ($16.80) won the second major race of his career in the Grade 1 Whittingham Handicap. Owned by Flaxman Holdings and Ed Gann, Denon won the Grade 1 Hollywood Derby last November, but failed as the favorite in two Grade 2 handicaps at Santa Anita earlier this year.

"I didn't know him as good as I do know," Frankel said. "You can't be lagging too far back because he doesn't have the turn of foot."

With those instructions, Gomez had Denon in third-place for the first half-mile, racing along the rail two lengths behind Night Patrol.

"Bobby said to get him involved early," Gomez said. "He was a little anxious early on, but he settled on the backstretch."

Denon was fourth on the final turn, behind Night Patrol, Continental Red and Startac, who rallied wide to reach contention at the end of the backstretch.

Despite the pressure, Gomez was happy with his position.

"I thought, I can go around or save ground and wait," Gomez said. "When I asked him, he responded like a good horse."

Denon took the lead in the final furlong and beat Night Patrol by 1 1-4 lengths, finishing 1 1-4 miles on turf in 2:01.47. Night Patrol, a 16-1 shot, held off a late rally from Skipping, the 3-2 favorite. "I thought he ran good but he had too much to do," Frankel said of Skipping.

Sarafan, who had trouble on the final turn, finished fourth, followed by Continental Red, Startac, Ringaskiddy, Spinelessjellyfish and Cagney.

*Adoration had won the Grade 3 Senorita Stakes on turf on May 4, and has left trainer David Hofmans convinced she can continue to improve.

"If we can get her to relax a little more, she'll be a top filly," Hofmans said.

Adoration ($8.20) did not have an ideal trip in the Grade 2 Hollywood Oaks, racing wide under Gomez.

On the first turn, Adoration was four-wide, pursuing the early pace of 23.18 and 46.23 seconds set by Ile de France. Saint Bernadette, the 2-1 favorite who was making her stakes debut, took the lead on the rail on the backstretch and held an advantage until Adoration rallied on the outside on the final turn.

Adoration put away Saint Bernadette in early stretch and was ridden to the line to win by a length over Sister Girl Blues. Adoration finished 1 1-16 miles in 1:43.73.

Sister Girl Blues was making her second career start, having won a maiden race on turf at Bay Meadows on May 23. "She had my heart pumping at the quarter pole," trainer Terry Knight said.

Saint Bernadette finished third, followed by Ladylore, Respectful, Ile de France and Runaway Pro.

Adoration has won 3 of 6 starts for Amerman Racing.