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Hollywood Park: Love TheWay Youare runs down Include Me Out in Vanity
INGLEWOOD, Calif. - A patient ride gave Love Theway Youare an upset win at 18-1 in Saturday’s $250,000 Vanity Handicap at Betfair Hollywood Park at the expense of 3-5 favorite Include Me Out.
Include Me Out turned for home with a lead of three lengths, but shortened stride visibly in the final furlong, allowing Love Theway Youare to prevail by 2 1/2 lengths with a wide rally in the Grade 1 race for fillies and mares over 1 1/8 miles.
In the final quarter-mile, winning jockey Garrett Gomez said he thought he would finish second, and then realized he could win. Gomez said he noticed that Include Me Out was tiring after she scooted clear in early stretch.
“She just kept coming and coming,” Gomez said of Love Theway Youare. “She doesn’t have gears. She’s just got one pace.”
Include Me Out, who won three graded stakes earlier this year, was given a vigorous ride under right-handed urging in the final furlong by jockey Joe Talamo to no avail.
Trained by Ron Ellis, Include Me Out was fourth early, stalking a speed duel, and took the lead with a three-wide move on the turn.
“He moved too early and got a little too confident,” Ellis said of Talamo’s ride. “She pulled herself up. She did it last time, too.”
Include Me Out won the Grade 2 Marjorie Everett Handicap here last month, leading by a length in the stretch and winning by three-quarters of a length.
In the Vanity, Love Theway You ($38) was timed in 1:51.10. Include Me Out finished 6 3/4 lengths clear of 26-1 Zafeen’s Pearl in the field of six fillies and mares. The graded stakes winners Ellafitz (illness) and Zazu (injury) were scratched, reducing the depth of the field.
Love Theway Youare races for owner-trainer Myung Kwon Cho, who was attending the high school graduation of a son on Saturday, according to his assistant, Maria Ayala. A 4-year-old filly by Arch, Love Theway Youare won her first stakes in her 19th start in the Vanity.
Love Theway Youare unseated jockey Alonso Quinonez at the start of the Everett. She was second to Include Me Out in the Grade 1 Santa Margarita Stakes at Santa Anita in March. Love theway Youare has won 3 of 19 starts and $362,990.
The way Stauffer announces this almost sounds like he had money on the favorite, first the "licking his chops" line, "she is CANTERING" then his tongue twisting as Love Theway Youare comes up and the utter surprise "she has RUN BY!!" I like this filly, Love Theway Youare. Whenever I'm at the track and she's running, I usually put a couple on her, mostly as a lark just because I like her name, nice sounding name. She tries hard nice to see her score one finally. Wasn't there yesterday, but I'll continue to put a couple on her each time. I'll admit even I'm shocked how Include Me Out looks that final furlong, its as though she has arthritis and it kicked in, she just really tightened up that last 1/16th.
I don't know why some of you are complaining about Talamo's ride on Include Me Out. She ran the same race she always does. Today Love Theway Youare was just a better horse. Re-run the same race 10 times and IMO Love Theway Youare wins everyone of them. Include Me Out's place finish still dusted the other horses by 6 3/4 lengths, she just wasn't good enough to finish first. In her last race she barely held to Ellafitz.
With Zazu out, this was a huge opportunity. Love Theway Youare raced respectably against company in common with Zazu. Sure, she's one paced. She's a pure closer. She was way overlooked.
Ridiculous ride by JT. What was his hurry ? Eddie D.... please give this kid some lessons on how to judge pace I did not bet a dime but it's a bummer for Ellis and Co. The filly stopped like she hit a wall. The announcer says no excuses ? please... Regardless the winner is a nice horse. Cho can pop at a price i.e. his assistant ?? Maria. she needs to go public.... Still waiting for JT to take it to next level... Not seeing it.
ROTTEN ride by Talamo on Include Me Out--must have been listening to Vic Stauffer's "licking his chops" quip....Joe thought he had it in the bag, so he stopped riding a furlong too early!
The Vanity field was uninspiring to begin with, and then 2 of the 3 big favorites are scratched. So, I suppose it was somewhat appropriate that the race produced a 14 and 3 final eighth from Include Me Out and saw a 18-1 longshot riding a double digit losing streak grinding out a win. The final time, and particularly that final eighth, merely verified what most suspected going in, that this was far, far from a vintage Vanity., I now have serious reservations whether Include Me Out really wants 9 furlongs on a dry track, particularly one as tiring as Hollywood. I had suspicions before the Vanity, and the race obviously increased them, although the fact she stalked a 46 and 2 first half didn't do her any favors in the stretch. I understand keeping an acurate internal clock is not easy, but if Talamo had done what he's supposed to, he drops Include Me Out 5 lengths or more off that pace along the backstretch. However, to Talamo's credit, he was able to drop back at least a couple of lengths instead of engaging Rock and Glory when that rival left the rail open on the clubhouse turn. The one real positive I'll say about Love Theway Youare is that she can run all day. She's one of the few horse who actually produce better numbers the longer she run. She's much better at 9 than 8.5, and I think she would be even better at 10, and at the least competitive against some of the better Eastern stakes females at that classic distance. Thus, the Del Cap would seem a logical next goal. If only the Personal Ensign, a grade 1, was still 10.
Loved the way Love Theway Youare won the Vanity Handicap this afternoon at an eye-popping 18-1. She smartly outraced Include Me Out to the finish line. Include Me Out has no excuses in losing the race, she just plain ran out of gas and had nothing left in the tank to hold off or chase Love Theway Youare. Nice, nice win for LTY, and I'm going to keep my eye on her for the future. She took a nice step up today. She's an up and comer.