03/30/2013 6:42PM

Santa Anita: Doinghardtimeagain responds to Bejarano's patient handling in Evening Jewel

Benoit & Associates
Omega Star, with Joe Talamo aboard, holds off Fighting Hussar by a nose in the Echo Eddie for 3-year-old California-breds.

ARCADIA, Calif.- The biggest fan of Doinghardtimeagain may be the guy who sat on her back in Saturday’s $200,750 Evening Jewel Stakes at Santa Anita.

Ridden for the first time by leading rider Rafael Bejarano, Doinghardtimeagain won the Evening Jewel Stakes for California-bred 3-year-old fillies by a convincing 3 1/2 lengths for her second stakes win. The patient style of her win left Bejarano elated.

“I love this kind of horse that can close,” Bejarano said. “I tried to find position and go from there. At the three-eighths pole, I had a lot of horse.”

Doinghardtimeagain ($9.20) ran 6 1/2 furlongs in 1:16. She stalked pacesetter Hail Mary, who set a pace of 21.64 and 44.89 seconds, and took the lead before the eighth pole. Hail Mary, a 7-1 shot, held second, finishing four lengths in front of Cloudy Moon in the field of 11.

Sweet Marini, the 3-5 favorite, faded from contention after a half-mile and finished eighth.

Doinghardtimeagain, who is by Ministers Wild Cat, races for breeders Tom and Debra Stull’s Tommy Town Thoroughbreds. Trained by Jerry Hollendorfer, Doinghardtimeagain won the Soviet Problem Stakes at Betfair Hollywood Park in December, but lost her first two starts of2013 – a fourth in the filly division of the California Breeders’ Champion Stakes in January and a second to Judy In Disguise in the Sweet Life Stakes for turf sprinters in February.

“She loves to fight,” said Dan Ward, Hollendorfer’a assistant. “In the last race, the filly that beat her is a good filly.”

Doinghardtimeagain has won 3 of 7 starts and $346,270.

Omega Star noses out Fighting Hussar in Echo Eddie

Omega Star won his first stakes in the $200,500 Echo Eddie Stakes for 3-year-old California-breds.

A gelding by Candy Ride, Omega Star ($5.60) stalked pacesetters Follini and I’m Denny Crane on the backstretch before taking the lead in early stretch.  Jockey Joe Talamo stayed active on Omega Star in the final furlong, holding off a threat from 23-1 Fighting Hussar to win by a nose.

Fighting Hussar took the lead from Follini after a half-mile in 45.20 seconds, and fought back in the final furlong to nearly catch Omega Star in the final strides.

Omega Star ran 6 1/2 furlongs in 1:17.19. Fighting Hussar finished 1

1/2 lengths in front of 128-1 Lovmeister in the field of 10.

“We had a good trip behind the speed duel,” Talamo said. “When I got in front, he tried to pull himself up.”

Owned by breeders Herman Sarkowsky and Marty Wygod and trained by John Shirreffs, Omega Star lost two stakes earlier at this meeting. He was second in the California Breeders’ Champion Stakes for California-breds on Jan. 26 and seventh of eight in the Grade 2 San Felipe Stakes over 1 1/16 miles on March 9.

“I think the cut back in distance worked,” Talamo said. “He was fresh today.”

Omega Star has won 2 of 5 starts and $223,250.