Results, Hollywood Park Sunday Race 4 — lost $300

Jockey Corey Nakatani gunned #11 Repo to the lead to win at 4-1/2 furlongs

Jockey Corey Nakatani gunned #11 Repo to the lead to win at 4-1/2 furlongs

In these 4-1/2 furlong 2-year-old maiden races, first-time starters breaking from anything but posts 1-4 are at a tremendous disadvantage.

The gate is so close to the first turn that jockeys in post #5 through #10 need to blast from the gate to the lead. If they gun, but don’t make the lead then often they end up wide and their horse has no energy for the stretch. Also, many of these horses are so young that they haven’t learned to rate well from behind.

In Sunday’s fourth, #11 Repo broke from the #10 post and didn’t leave the gate that well. She was in midpack a few seconds into the race, but then she burst by them all to shoot to the lead as the field moved into the turn. Jockey Corey Nakatani moved Repo to the rail, but with the tremendous use of early energy she was in danger of tiring in the stretch.

But, instead, Repo found a second wind that she used to bound away from the field by four lengths at the wire. It was an impressive victory against a strong post position bias.

My bet in the race was $300 to win on #3 Cougarette, a first-time starter who broke from post position #3 but never got into the race at 7-to-2.

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1 1 Chatty Lula (CA) Sorenson D Solis W 7.00 5
2 2 Sam’s Special (CA) Arambula P Ayers R 19.90 8
3 3 Cougarette (CA) Baze T Mulhall K 3.80 10
5 4 Tiz Folly (CA) Rosario J Velasquez D 29.10 7
6 5 Three for Marino (CA) Garcia M Walsh K 2.50 3
7 6 Camille C (CA) Baze M Polanco M 6.30 2
8 7 Dinnr With Nikki C (CA) Bejarano R Sherlock G 11.70 9
9 8 Fishin With T Ball (CA) Gryder A La Croix D 6.40 4
10 9 Billssecondchance (CA) Stra K Martinez S 20.00 6
11 10 Repo (CA) Nakatani C O’Neill D 10.30 1
SCR Summer Soprano (CA) Delgadillo A Stute G
Pgm Win Place Show
11 $22.60 $9.60 $5.60
7 $6.60 $4.60
6 $3.40
Exotic Payoffs
$1.00 Exacta paid $68.40 (11-7)


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