Updated on 09/16/2011 9:48AM

Johar wins Hollywood Derby


INGLEWOOD, Calif. - When Johar was bumped hard at the start of Sunday's , he did not get mad. And he got more than even.

Last early in the nine-horse field, Johar unleashed a powerful closing charge to rally for a 1 1/2-length victory over Mananan McLir in the Grade 1 Derby, the final stakes of Hollywood Park's Autumn Turf Festival.

Royal Gem was third, a neck behind Mananan McLir.

Johar ($11.80) was five lengths behind the leaders with three furlongs remaining in the 1 1/8-mile grass race. Music's Storm led after six furlongs in 1:13.40, and Johar completed the nine furlongs on firm turf in 1:48.70, meaning Johar covered the final three furlongs in approximately 34.30(CQ) seconds.

"I got him out at the quarter pole, and he finished strong," winning rider Alex Solis said.

At the start of the race, Inesperado veered sharply to his left and slammed into Johar, knocking him back to last. "A lot of horses might have been upset by what happened after the start, but he didn't care. Right away, he got back in the race," Solis said. "He wanted to go. I had to take hold of him. He had already broken bad, so I was just saving. There were horses moving early on the backside, so it really helped me."

Solis exercised patience, and Johar responded. The victory was the fourth in 11 starts for Johar, who had won the Grade 2 Oak Tree Derby in his previous start at Santa Anita. Johar has finished in the money in six consecutive races.

Johar, a 3-year-old colt by Gone West, was bred and is owned by the late Prince Ahmed bin Salman's The Thoroughbred Corporation. He is trained by Richard Mandella.