09/28/2013 7:59PM

FrontRunner Stakes: Bond Holder wins maiden in Grade 1 race

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Bond Holder, with Mario Gutierrez aboard, wins the Grade 1 FrontRunner Stakes by 2 1/4 lengths Saturday.

ARCADIA, Calif. – Paul Reddam works in the financial world, where he’s familiar with weighing risks and rewards. He decided the risk of running a maiden in the $250,000 FrontRunner Stakes on Saturday at Santa Anita was worth it, and he was rewarded with a Grade 1 win.

Bond Holder ($23.80), winless in four prior tries, captured a race that offers a fees-paid berth to the Nov. 2 Breeders’ Cup Juvenile through the Win and You’re In program. He ran down 2-1 favorite Dance With Fate in the final furlong and drew away to win by 2 1/4 lengths. Tamarando finished third, two lengths behind Dance With Fate.

Can the Man was fourth and was followed by Flat Gone, Test Ride, Better Bet, Ontology, Even Echo, and Roundupthelute.

Schoolofhardrocks was scratched Saturday morning because he was “a little off behind,” according to his trainer, David Hofmans.

“We scratched to be cautious,” Hofmans said. “We’re going to do some diagnostic work on him in the next couple of days.”

Hofmans said he could not pinpoint what was ailing Schoolofhardrocks, hence the need for tests.

“It’s too bad because we were looking forward to running,” Hofmans said.

Tamarando, Dance With Fate, and Can the Man were the first three across the line in the seven-furlong Del Mar Futurity earlier this month. But Bond Holder had been two turns, and that experience proved beneficial over a laboring track Saturday. He needed 1:45.02 to complete 1 1/16 miles on the fast main track.

“We thought having four starts and going two turns was a helpful foundation for a race like this,” Reddam said in the winner’s circle. “We thought going a mile a sixteenth would help. We take a lot of shots. We miss a lot, but sometimes we get lucky.”

Bond Holder reunites the team that won the 2012 Kentucky Derby with I’ll Have Another – Reddam, trainer Doug O’Neill, and jockey Mario Gutierrez.

Gutierrez had Bond Holder in eighth place through the first half-mile, which was run in a quick 46.62 seconds. He began a steady advance on the far turn to creep up to sixth, moved to third at midstretch while rallying down the center of the course, and went on with it.

The FrontRunner was the first race for Bond Holder on dirt. He ran once sprinting on Cushion Track at Betfair Hollywood Park in July, then ran three times on Polytrack at Del Mar. In his only prior start around two turns, he was second going a mile in a maiden race won by New Year’s Day, who was forced to bypass the FrontRunner when he took ill earlier in the week.

Walter More than 1 year ago
Reddam "weighs risks & rewards in the finance world"?? How difficult is it to loan money to the poor & underprivileged and charge them exorbitant interest rates? It's called loan sharking. But he calls it CashCall.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Keep an eye on this guy. He closed stoutly on a track that's not very conducive to that type of style. Since he's by Mineshaft the farther the better too.
Gene More than 1 year ago
These two-year-olds are not very good. That guy "Zapeye" who "Claims" to have picked out the runner-up was bellyaching all over Twitter that Reddams other horse Ontology "mugged" the favorite and cost him victory, enabling the winner to run by him. Can't people lose gracefully??? These are slow, untalented babies and there are 10 - 15 two-year-olds back east that would manhandle the west coast "best". Reddam put his money up and was rewarded.
Randy Baker More than 1 year ago
These names only sting worse with losing hollywood park by the way.who do you think will win the jimmy the hat stakes?
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Bill Moore More than 1 year ago
You suck. Find a board that's appropriate for your deceit.
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Chris Lowe More than 1 year ago
The Back Walker and the Gaudy Light Fixture should be downgraded at least to Gr 2 if not 3.
Alex Martinez More than 1 year ago
What do you really expect out of 2 year olds?