05/13/2012 8:06PM

Hollywood Park: Dhaamer stirs up dreams of future turf glory by taking Round Table

Benoit & Associates
Dhaamer, ridden by Joel Rosario, wins his first stakes since arriving from Europe in the Round Table.

INGLEWOOD, Calif. - Dhaamer won minor handicaps at notable racecourses in England in 2010 and 2011, but had never won a stakes before Sunday’s $72,950 Round Table Stakes at Betfair Hollywood Park.

The turn of foot the 5-year-old Dhaamer showed through the stretch left trainer Mike Mitchell dreaming of further glory in distance turf stakes this summer.

“He had plenty left in the tank,” Mitchell said.

Ridden by a confident Joel Rosario, Dhaamer ($4.20) closed from seventh in a field of eight to win the Round Table Stakes by 4 1/2 lengths over the filly Quaintly. Porfido, a 10-year-old gelding, finished third, a half-length in front of Dynamic Host, the winner of the Grade 3 Tokyo City Stakes at Santa Anita in March.

Dhaamer was second in the Tokyo City in his American debut and was fourth in the Grade 2 San Juan Capistrano Handicap there on April 22.

An Irish-bred by Dubai Destination, Dhaamer faced an easier field in the Round Table Stakes.

Rosario had Dhaamer at the back of the field for the first half of the race and moved his mount closer to the leaders on the turn.

“I thought he was the best horse in the race,” Rosario said. “He’s a good horse for the distance. When he was turning for home, soon he was close to the pace, and he took off.”

Dhaamer took the lead before the eighth pole and pulled clear late. He was timed in 2:27.65 for the 1 1/2 miles on turf.

Owned by Edward Brown, Jr., Dhaamer has won 4 of 13 starts and $114,272. In England, Dhaamer won minor handicaps at Sandown Park in 2010 and Haydock Park in 2011.

Mitchell mentioned the $100,000 Sunset Handicap over 1 1/2 miles on turf at Hollywood Park on July 15 as a summertime goal.