06/16/2013 7:42PM

Hollywood Park: Include Me Out wins Desert Stormer

Benoit & Associates
Include Me Out gave jockey Joe Talamo his eighth stakes win of the Betfair Hollywood Park spring-summer meeting in Sunday's Desert Stormer Handicap.

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.