Updated on 09/16/2011 8:45AM

Megahertz takes American Oaks


INGLEWOOD, Calif. - The first running of the $500,000 American Oaks at Hollywood Park on Saturday was decided in the steward's room.

Megahertz, who finished second, was promoted to first after Dublino was ruled to have caused interference in the stretch.

Replays showed that Dublino, ridden by Kent Desormeaux, drifted out in the stretch and into the path of Megahertz, who was ridden by Alex Solis.

Megahertz finished a half-length behind Dublino.

"It's just too bad I didn't straighten her out quick enough," Desormeaux said.

The stewards took eight minutes to make their ruling. "There was definitely contact," said steward Pete Pedersen.

Megahertz ($5.80) was the favorite in the American Oaks, which drew 14 3-year-old fillies. The victory maintained Megahertz's record perfect in five starts in this country, all stakes, for owner Michael Bello and trainer Bobby Frankel. A claimer in France last year, she has won 6 of 13 starts and $564,646.

As expected, Megahertz and Dublino, the second choice at 4-1, were at the back of the field in the first half of the American Oaks. The longshot A.B. Noodle led through fractions of 24.32 and 48.68 and carried the field through a mile in 1:37.48.

By the final turn, the top contenders were closer. Cellars Shiraz, Arabic Song and Cyclorama were within two lengths of AB Noodle, while Alozaina, Dublino and Megahertz were making wide rallies.

AB Noodle was out of contention in early stretch, leaving Cellars Shiraz and Arabic Song in front with a furlong remaining. On the outside, Dublino and Megahertz were closing steadily even though they bumped near the eighth pole.

Dublino was in front of Megahertz at the time of the incident and never relinquished the lead, finishing 1 1-4 miles on turf in 2:00.46.

Alozaina finished third, 1 1-2 lengths behind Megahertz.

Cyclorama finished fourth, followed by Cellars Shiraz, Arabic Song, Maliziosa, Riskaverse, Ombre Legere, Saranac Lake, AB Noodle, Devon Rose, Clerical Error and Distant Valley.

The steward's decision shocked Laura de Seroux, who has trained Dublino since she arrived from France in May.

"It's pretty disheartening, because I didn't think that other filly lost her momentum," de Seroux said as the crowd reacted with boos. "I guess the crowd agrees with us."

Bello suspected Megahertz was fouled in the stretch when she did launch her customary rally.

"She usually flies by them," Bello said. "She has a good turn of foot, but got pushed out. You take them anyway you can get there. I wish we'd had a clean trip."

*In the $300,000 Triple Bend Breeders' Cup Handicap, Disturbingthepeace led throughout to post an upset at 16-1. Ridden by Victor Espinoza, Disturbingthepeace won by three lengths over D'Wildcat and finished seven furlongs in 1:21.09.

The Grade 2 Triple Bend Handicap was the stakes debut of Disturbingthepeace,

who is owned by David Milch and trained by Darrell Vienna. Mellow Fellow finished third, ending a six-race winning streak.

Kona Gold, the 4-5 favorite, finished sixth after fading from contention in early stretch.

*Frankel won his second stakes of the day when Surya closed from eighth to score an impressive win the $114,800 Royal Heroine Stakes for fillies and mares over a mile on turf.

Ridden by Desormeaux, Surya ($3.20) finished two lengths in front of 34-1 Angel Gift, finishing a mile on turf in 1:34.73. Reine de Romance finished third in the field of 12.

The 4-year-old Surya is unbeaten in three starts in this country. She was winless in three starts in France as a 2-year-old.