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Hollywood Oaks: Doinghardtimeagain changes tactics to beat open company
INGLEWOOD, Calif. - Doinghardtimeagain won the fourth stakes of her nine-race career in Saturday’s $150,000 Hollywood Oaks at Betfair Hollywood Park, a victory that displayed the filly’s marked improvement over recent months.
The Grade 2 Hollywood Oaks was Doinghardtimeagain’s first stakes win against open company and was achieved with different tactics than her previous stakes wins. In the Soviet Problem Stakes last December, and the Evening Jewel and Melair Stakes earlier this year, Doinghardtimeagain stalked the pace and pulled clear in the final furlong.
In the Hollywood Oaks against four rivals, Doinghardtimeagain ($3.60) led throughout in a modest pace and won by 2 1/2 lengths over Iotapa, the runner-up in the Grade 1 Santa Anita Oaks in April. Owned by Tom and Debra Stull and trained by Jerry Hollendorfer, Doinghardtimeagain ran 1 1/16 miles in 1:43.27.
Doinghardtimeagain’s speed was an advantage that deserved to be utilized, trainer Jerry Hollendorfer said.
“We thought we had the best horse,” Hollendorfer said. “We used her speed and when they came to her, she kicked away.”
Ridden by Rafael Bejarano, Doinghardtimeagain set fractions of 23.93 and 47.78 seconds, leading by a length over Ondine. On the turn, Iotapa moved closer to the leader with a three-wide move, but was unable to get any closer when Doinghardtimeagain moved away from her rivals.
Iotapa, who won the minor Railbird Stakes here on May 19, held second.
“She just got outrun,” said Joe Talamo, who rode Iotapa. “The winner had a really easy lead. I thought I was in a good spot.”
Ondine finished third, followed by Ciao Bella Luna, and Unbridled Wee in the small field of five 3-year-old fillies.
Doinghardtimeagain, a California-bred by Ministers Wild Cat, was bred by the Stulls and has won 5 of 9 starts and $573,770. Her three previous stakes wins were against California-breds. Doinghardtimeagain’s last loss was a second in the Sweet Life Stakes against open company on the hillside turf course at Santa Anita in February.
“If you look at her form in her last two or three races, she’s really improved,” Tom Stull said.
The three year old division for both fillies and colts are led by the same sire (ministers wild cat). What a versatile stallion his progeny win on dirt, synthetics, and grass. He has sired such stakes winners such as Tiz a minister, doinghardtimeagain, and curvy cat. Watch out for Could be trouble and tebows big play two outstanding turf runners. Ministers wild cat dam won this race the great hollywood wildcat. Tommy town has the next great california stallion.
Doinghardtimeagain is an admirably professional, consistent and versatile little gal. She's never run worse than 4th in her 9 career races, and has been in the exacta 8 of those starts. She can run on dirt, turf, and synth, can run from 6.5 furlongs to 8.5 furlongs(or further), can stalk or set the pace. And her recent Beyers have been competitive with the best of her generation, scoring figs of 94 and 95 in her two most recent races and she is likely to receive a fig of at least 94 for this effort. There's not much out West for maintrack 3 year old fillies, so Hollendorfer might have to toss around the idea of running on turf and/or tacking the older females early.
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