10/30/2010 6:43PM

Swiss Wild Cat gets the nod in three-horse photo in Juvenile Fillies

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Swiss Wild Cat, under Victor Espinoza, captures the California Cup Juvenile Fillies.

INGLEWOOD, Calif. - Swiss Wild Cat rallied along the rail in the final furlong to win the second stakes of her career in Saturday’s $100,000 California Cup Juvenile Fillies, prevailing in a three-horse photo.

Swiss Wild Cat ($10.60) finished a nose in front of California Nectar, who was a head in front of 5-2 Warren’s Flyer. Those three were well clear of the rest, with Queenie Marini finishing fourth, 8 1/4 lengths behind Warren’s Flyer in the field of eight.

Swiss Wild Cat was ridden by Victor Espinoza and finished 1 1/16 miles in 1:45.49. Espinoza’s effort left winning trainer Mike Harrington ecstatic.

“Victor rode a hell of a race,” said Harrington.

Swiss Wild Cat was fifth on the backstretch and fourth on the turn, slowly making progress through the stretch. California Nectar looked as if she would win in the last sixteenth, but Espinoza had Swiss Wild Cat closing well on the inside.

“She gives it her all every time,” Harrington said. “I didn’t think two turns would be any problem. It was only the trip that could have gotten her beaten.”

Owned by breeder Heinz Steinmann, Swiss Wild Cat has won 3 of 10 starts and $204,552. During her busy 2-year-old campaign, she won the CTBA Stakes over 5 1/2 furlongs at Del Mar on July 23 in her fifth career start, finished fourth to stablemate Hi Ho Yodeler in the Generous Portion Stakes at Del Mar on Sept. 1 and was second in the Phil D. Shepherd Stakes at Fairplex Park last month.

For Harrington, the victory ended a 47-race losing streak, dating back to the Generous Portion Stakes at Del Mar on Sept. 1.

“Wins are always nice,” Harrington said.

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Slammer Time has learned to win, but not by much.

After winning a maiden race on turf in his third career start on Oct. 11 by a nose, Slammer Time followed with his first victory against winners by a head in Saturday’s $100,000 California Cup Juvenile.

“He doesn’t make it easy on me,” trainer Gary Mandella said. “Hopefully there is more there than the last two margins.”

Ridden by Rafael Bejarano, who also won Saturday’s $150,000 California Cup Classic in the preceding race, Slammer Time closed from fourth on the backstretch to edge Joy Boy, who ran a remarkable race to be second.

Joy Boy was part of a quick early pace of 23.21 and 46.99 seconds with Mr. Gennaro, shook off his rival to lead by 1 1/2 lengths with a furlong remaining but could not hold off Slammer Time, who finished 1 1/16 miles in 1:44.63. Woodmans Luck closed from seventh to finish third in the field of eight.

Slammer Time races for Alto Racing and has won 2 of 4 starts and $98,152.