12/07/2013 8:42PM

Hollywood Park: Broken Sword gets loose on lead to capture Bayakoa

Benoit & Associates
Broken Sword, ridden by Joel Rosario, earns her first graded stakes victory in the Grade 2 Bayakoa.

INGLEWOOD, Calif. - Broken Sword was allowed an easy lead in Saturday’s $151,000 Bayakoa Stakes at Betfair Hollywood Park, and carried that advantage to her first graded stakes win.

Ridden by Joel Rosario, Broken Sword ($17.80) ran 1 1/16 miles in 1:42.98, winning the Grade 2 Bayakoa Stakes by 4 1/4 lengths over even-money favorite Fiftyshadesofhay, who raced in traffic to the turn.

“We wound up on an uncontested lead and I didn’t expect that,” winning trainer Jerry Hollendorfer said. “That contributed to her win.”

Broken Sword set a decent pace of 23.33 and 46.53 seconds, leading by as many as four lengths on the backstretch. The lead was reduced to 2 1/2 lengths over 40-1 Champagneandcaviar on the turn before Broken Sword pulled away again late.

Fiftyshadesofhay, a three-time stakes winner earlier this year, closed from eighth in a field of nine fillies and mares to finish second, 5 1/2 lengths in front of 7-2 Warren’s Veneda.

“She broke crooked and got shuffled back to almost last,” said Bob Baffert, who trains Fiftyshadesofhay. “She ran a really good race.”

Warren’s Veneda, the winner of the Cat’s Cradle Handicap for California-breds here on Nov. 17, was followed in the order of finish by Champagneandcaviar, Curvy Cat, Spellbound, Magic Union, Charm the Maker, and Charlie Em.

Broken Sword races for Hollendorfer, Mark Dedomenico, and George Todaro. A 3-year-old filly by Broken Vow, Broken Sword won her debut in the Juan Gonzalez Memorial Stakes at the Alameda County Fair in Pleasanton, Calif., in July 2012.

“When she broke her maiden, we thought she could be any kind of horse,” Hollendorfer said.

Broken Sword did not start again as a 2-year-old. This year, she was winless in five allowance races or optional claimers before winning an optional claimer over a mile on the synthetic track at Golden Gate Fields on Nov. 10.

The Bayakoa Stakes was the graded stakes debut for Broken Sword, who has won 3 of 8 starts and earned $156,660.



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Jordan More than 1 year ago
The lead was "easy" in that it was uncontested. But it was not easy in terms of fractions; Broken Sword set totally legit fractions, consistently about 5 lengths faster through the early marks than the Starlet before finishing in a final time a full 2 seconds(10 lengths) faster than the Starlet. Broken Sword's form was completely muddied by 4 largely unproductive turf starts. In 4 dirt and synth starts, she is now just a couple of necks away from being perfect, and she's won her three maintrack races by an average of 7 lengths. In my opinion, she's more promising than other recent Bayakoa winners from the Hollendorfer barn, Washington Bridge and even Lady of Fifty(won gr.1 Clement Hirsch this year). Fiftyshadesofhay is a very consistent, genuine runner. She isn't an elite talent, and tends to be more of a grinder. But with the exception of one turf race, she's brought a solid run in each start this year, good for 3 graded stakes wins and now 5 additional graded stakes placings(3 in gr.1s). As such, Hay is a good barometer. Today, Hay wasn't really able to show her best, having been shuffled back on the 1st turn. Yet, even if one acknowledges that Hay had at least 2 lengths of trouble, that would still mean Broken Sword was around 2 lengths best. Hay lost to Pure Fun in the Indiana Oaks by 2.5 lengths, Princess of Sylmar by 2.5 in the Alabama, and 3 and 3.75 lengths in two early season grade 1s against Beholder. That makes Broken Sword at least competitive against those 3 grade 1 winners(although Beholder has become scarey good).
rahman Williams More than 1 year ago
4 length lead at half mile point, is a Public Workout.
michael More than 1 year ago
why is this article free?
Amy Hurley More than 1 year ago
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Dave More than 1 year ago
Fiftyshadesofhay was not even money more like 11-10
nick More than 1 year ago
DEAR Dave 11-10 IS even money. The next increment up is 6-5, which is 12-10. DUUUUHHHH ! ! !
nick More than 1 year ago
Of course, I'm talking about what can be displayed of the Tote board . . .