After running an amazing race to cross the wire first, #7 Seeuat Sticknstein was taken down by the stewards for causing interference in the stretch to #2 Gate to Wire.
The win continued a huge weekend for jockey Rafael Bejarano, who won five races Saturday and two more on Sunday.
Seeuat Sticknstein, who is trained by David La Croix, was trying to overcome a huge bias against him. In these 4-1/2 furlong races the turn comes up quickly, so horses in the inside four post positions have a tremendous advantage.
In fact, according to my records, only one first-time starter of 50 in the last two years won a 4-1/2 furlong race at Hollywood breaking from outside of post number 4. And that horse was even money.
In this race, Seeuat Sticknstein battled for the lead while three wide on the turn against #4 Catch My Tale and #5 Great Wheels. He shook off those two and led by a length over #3 Izzynfranstreasure, who was coming on the outside.
Rafael Bejarano tried to squeeze between #3 Izzynfranstreasure while Seeuatsticknstein was bearing out, so the seam closed quickly and Gate to Wire checked in midstretch. Gate to Wire regained his footing and came charging at Seeuat Sticknstein, but missed by a half a length.
I bet $200 on #1 Swiss Record at 2/1 and he was not a factor.
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