11/09/2013 4:45PM

Hollywood Park: Bajan comes from off pace to take Moccasin Stakes

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Bajan, ridden by Victor Espinoza, defeats For Emma (left) in the $100,000 Moccasin Stakes on Saturday.

INGLEWOOD, Calif. - Bajan is making victories in sprint stakes look easy this fall.

For the second time in a month, Bajan won a sprint stakes on Saturday, in the $100,000 Moccasin Stakes for 2-year-old fillies over seven furlongs at Betfair Hollywood Park. On Oct. 13, Bajan won the Anoakia Stakes over six furlongs at Santa Anita.

Bajan ($3.60) was timed in 1:24.26 in the Moccasin, and had a perfect trip under jockey Victor Espinoza. Bajan was last of five for the opening quarter-mile, moved into third after a half-mile and rallied three-wide to take the lead in early stretch. She won by 2 1/4 lengths over 3-1 For Emma.

The win left trainer Simon Callaghan impressed by Bajan’s patience.

“We’d hoped she’d do it that way,” Callaghan said. “It all kind of went to plan.”

Lemon de Oro finished third, 6 1/2 lengths behind the winner. Sergeant O’Rourke and E Equalsmcsquared were fourth and fifth. Perched was scratched.

Bajan races for Eclipse Thoroughbred Partners and Ronald Frankel. By Speightstown, Bajan has won 3 of 5 starts and earned $159,150. She was a troubled sixth behind She’s a Tiger in the Grade 1 Del Mar Debutante on Aug. 31 in her stakes debut, sustaining a bump in early stretch.

Thorobred Racing More than 1 year ago
Who cares about Hollywood. They are in dispute with everybody in the East and refuse to deliver their signal. But then maybe Churchill Downs is trying to encourage bettors on to their site. Cunning CD treating the public with disdain as always. Frankly give me Santa Anita anytime.
pathagan More than 1 year ago
Not sure this is accurate. One check on the simulcast calendars @ nyra.com, gulfstreampark.com and churchilldowns.com show that Hollywood Park's cards are being carried there for betting. Also, my best friend (who lives on the Eastern seaboard) can wager on Hollywood Park thru TwinSpires.
Big Jeff More than 1 year ago
DRF what?"
Gene More than 1 year ago
Racing in So. Calif. has really hit an all time low. The winner wouldn't have broken her maiden back East, let alone won a stake. The whole field looked like they were travelling in slow mo..
Bill Wil More than 1 year ago
Baloney.