05/11/2013 4:42PM

Hollywood Park: Let Em Shine wires rivals in Came Home

Benoit & Associates
Let Em Shine, with Edwin Maldonado riding, wraps up victory in the Came Home.

INGLEWOOD, Calif. - There was no stopping the speedy Let Em Shine in Saturday’s $71,850 Came Home Stakes at Betfair Hollywood Park.

Making his stakes debut, Let Em Shine ($4.20) led throughout under jockey Edwin Maldonado to win his third consecutive race in the Came Home, run over seven furlongs for 3-year-olds. The victory has made the $500,000 King’s Bishop Stakes for 3-year-old sprinters at Saratoga on Aug. 24 a long-term goal for Let Em Shine, owner William Peeples and trainer Adam Kitchingham said in the winner’s circle.

Let Em Shine was favored in the Came Home, which had five starters.

Let Em Shine led by 4 1-2 lengths after a quarter-mile in 22.23 seconds, and held a smaller advantage of 1 1/2 lengths after a half-mile in 44.98 seconds. Let Em Shine extended his lead in the stretch and won by 4 3/4 lengths, finishing in 1:21.65.

“It worked out good for us,” Maldonado said. “I was pretty confident.”

Kitchingman emphasized before the race that he wanted Let Em Shine to conserve some speed and not be as quick as he was when he won a maiden race and an optional claimer at Santa Anita and ran the first half-mile in less than 44 seconds.

“I thought he looked pretty good,” Kitchingman said. “He didn’t have his head up in the air, running off, and that was a big difference.”

Broadway Empire, the winner of a six-furlong maiden race by 16 1/2 lengths at Turf Paradise in his career debut on March 18, finished second, a length in front of Treasury Bill. Belvin and Scherer Magic completed the order of finish.

Let Em Shine, purchased for $100,000 at the Barretts March Sale of 2-year-olds in training in 2012, is by Songandaprayer and has won 3 of 4 starts and $116,910.