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Hollywood Park: Include Me Out wins Desert Stormer
INGLEWOOD, Calif. – Include Me Out, a multiple Grade 1 winner in 2012 who was third in the Breeders’ Cup Ladies’ Classic at Santa Anita last fall, had a successful start to her 2013 campaign with a victory in Sunday’s $77,070 Desert Stormer Handicap at Betfair Hollywood Park.
A 5-year-old mare owned by Samantha Siegel and trained by Ron Ellis, Include Me Out won the fifth stakes of her career in the Desert Stormer, run over six furlongs.
“She carried 124 pounds against proven graded stakes-winning fillies off a layoff,” Siegel said. “It’s unbelievable. I’m delighted to have her back.”
Ridden by Joe Talamo, who got his eighth stakes win of the spring-summer meeting, Include Me Out ($10.40) was timed in 1:10.32.
Talamo had Include Me Out in fourth on the backstretch, racing three lengths behind pacesetter Shumoos, who set fractions of 22.45 and 45.65 seconds. On the turn, Include Me Out was still fourth but moved closer to the leader in the stretch with a three-wide move.
Include Me Out was alongside Shumoos with a furlong remaining and won by three-quarters of a length over the pacesetter. Shumoos finished a head in front of 4-5 favorite Teddy’s Promise. Conkate finished fourth, followed by Winding Way, Via Villaggio, and Self Preservation.
Include Me Out and Teddy’s Promise are Grade 1 winners trained by Ellis. Include Me Out won the Grade 1 Santa Margarita Stakes and the Grade 1 Clement L. Hirsch Stakes last year. She was beaten 2 3/4 lengths by Royal Delta in the BC Ladies’ Classic. Include Me Out is by Include and has won 7 of 14 starts and $956,030.
Teddy’s Promise, who won the Grade 1 La Brea Stakes at Santa Anita in 2011, was favored in the Desert Stormer on the basis of her win in the minor Time to Leave Stakes here May 5.
In the Desert Stormer, Teddy’s Promise did not have a smooth trip. Ridden by Victor Espinoza, Teddy’s Promise raced behind Shumoos to the turn. When the field reached the top of the stretch, Espinoza tried to squeeze Teddy’s Promise into a gap between the rail and Shumoos but was forced to check. Teddy’s Promise recovered and nearly finished second.
Espinoza lodged an objection against Corey Nakatani, who rode Shumoos, but the claim was disallowed by track stewards.
It was great race riding by Nakatani that did in Teddys Promise. Nak broke on top & crossed over the field. He didn't leave any room for Victor to run up the rail. Victor had two choices early in the race. 1. Use his horse hard to keep his position. 2. Take her outta there after Nak put him in tight. Unfortunately, he did neither. I had Nak. Great ride but he got beat by a better horse
Had her as I thought she was the class of the field, but I mighta gotten a little lucky.
If Victor was a bit more patient, the rail would've opened as you can see in the replay. Corey did nothing wrong. Teddy's Promise was much the best in there, nobody to blame but Victor.
Include Me Out won about as easy as 3/4 of a length can be. If you watch, she was pretty much in hand and let run on her own the last 1/16th. I have a feeling she might take a big step forward in this years Breeders Cup. The way she won today, would Ron consider the Fliiy and Mare Sprint ?
Victor has given this filly 2 questionable rides in past 3 races. I have to think ownership is calling for a jock change
Nice to see her return a winner. She probably could have done well in the Vanity as well, maybe even atoned for last year's Vanity if they chose that spot.
Nice of Victor to sell the race to his boss.
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