07/13/2013 8:25PM

Hollywood Park: Book Review fires fresh in A Gleam Handicap


INGLEWOOD, Calif. – Book Review was back to doing what she does best in Saturday’s $200,000 A Gleam Handicap at Betfair Hollywood Park – running around one turn.

Making her first start since February, Book Review closed with a wide rally to win the Grade 2 A Gleam, her third stakes win in a sprint. The victory was worth much more than the $120,000 first-place prize for owners Gary and Mary West. Book Review earned a fees-paid berth to the Breeders’ Cup Filly and Mare Sprint at Santa Anita in November.

Ridden by Rafael Bejarano, Book Review ($8.20) closed from fourth in a field of five to win by 2 1/2 lengths. A 4-year-old filly by Giant’s Causeway, Book Review ran seven furlongs in 1:22.75.

Bejarano had Book Review racing off the pace and three wide for the first half-mile, about four lengths behind pacesetter Winding Way, who set fractions of 22.52 and 45.35 seconds. Continuing with a wide trip, Book Review was third in early stretch and took the lead in the final furlong.

“I decided to stay wide because I wanted to have a good trip,” Bejarano said. “I wanted to save a little bit for the stretch. I knew she’d have a good kick.”

Trained by Bob Baffert, Book Review carried 118 pounds, four fewer than runner-up Teddy’s Promise, the 6-5 favorite and highweight. Teddy’s Promise raced just behind Winding Way for the first half-mile and led in the stretch but offered no competition in the final sixteenth.

Teddy’s Promise finished a head in front of Byrama, who won the Grade 1 Vanity Handicap on June 15. Rumor was fourth, followed by Winding Way. Conkate, Maker Or Breaker, and Reneesgotzip were scratched earlier Saturday.

The Wests bred Book Review, who has won 6 of 13 starts and $784,955. She won two seven-furlong stakes in the final months of 2013 – the $400,000 Charles Town Oaks last September and the Grade 1 La Brea Stakes at Santa Anita in December.

The A Gleam Handicap was Book Review’s first start since a second in the Grade 2 Santa Maria Stakes over 1 1/16 miles at Santa Anita in February. She was sent to Charles Town for a stakes in April but did not start after contracting an illness during the trip.

Jordan More than 1 year ago
This is what Book Review really wants to do. She is capable up to 8.5 furlongs, but 7 furlongs allows her the opportunity to fully utilize her greatest strength, her turn of foot. With Groupie Doll mia, Book Review is one of the logical leading contenders for the BC Filly and Mare Sprint, over a surface and distance she already owns a grade 1. And Book Reviews performance in her first start on synth reflects how well dirt horses are able to carry their form onto Hollywood's Cushion track.