06/12/2010 11:00PM

Rail Trip saves something for next time


INGLEWOOD, Calif. - Rail Trip did not need his best effort to win Saturday's Grade 2, $150,000 at Hollywood Park.

At the eighth pole, when Rail Trip was 2 1/2 lengths in front of seven rivals, jockey Rafael Bejarano knew the job was finished. In the final sixteenth, Bejarano allowed Rail Trip to cruise to the finish, winning by 2 3/4 lengths.

"I had so much horse," Bejarano said. "I let him gallop and get him ready for the next one."

The next one is the $500,000 Hollywood Gold Cup on July 10, which can only further enhance Rail Trip's status as the leading older male in California.

Rail Trip ($2.40) had an ideal journey under Bejarano, stalking pacesetter One Track Mind through early fractions of 24.23 and 47.96 seconds while racing in second. Rail Trip was alongside One Track Mind on the turn and took the lead in early stretch. He ran 1 1/8 miles in 1:48.49.

"I thought he was in the right spot," said winning trainer Ron Ellis. "The neat thing is he's almost turned into a mile-and-a-quarter horse. He seems to know when the running starts. He's been strong down the lane, at least in the last two starts."

Rail Trip won his 2010 debut in the Grade 2 Mervyn LeRoy Handicap last month.

Sangaree, second to Rail Trip in the Mervyn LeRoy Handicap, held second, a half-length in front of Slew's Tiznow in the field of eight.

Rail Trip races for Mace and Samantha Siegel. A 5-year-old gelding by Jump Start, Rail Trip has won 8 of 11 starts and $967,790. The Californian was Rail Trip's fourth career stakes win.

Free Flying Soul takes Desert Stormer

Free Flying Soul won the fourth minor stakes of her career in the $63,800 Desert Stormer Handicap for female sprinters.

Ridden by Mike Smith, favored Free Flying Soul ($5) ran six furlongs in 1:09.05, beating Alpha Kitten by 1.5 lengths. Free Flying Soul stalked pacesetter Moon de French through early fractions of 22.30 and 45.05 seconds, and held her largest margin at the finish.

Fund Raiser, who was making her stakes debut, closed from fifth to finish third, missing second by a nose.

Free Flying Soul has won 6 of 15 starts and $393,357 for owner Marsha Naify and trainer Bruce Headley. Last fall, the 5-year-old Free Flying Soul was third in the Breeders' Cup Filly and Mare Sprint at Santa Anita. The same race at Churchill Downs this fall is her 2010 goal.