Results, Hollywood Park Saturday Race 10 — lost $500

Jockey Martin Garcia teamed up with trainer Ral Ayers to win on #1 Worth the Fight

Jockey Martin Garcia teamed up with trainer Ral Ayers to win on #1 Worth the Fight

Jeff Mullins is suspended right now, so his assistant Ral Ayers is named as the trainer on all of his horses. Ayers saddled #1 Worth the Fight, who had four good workouts in her past performances.

But I could not bet her because, overall, first-time starters are a money-losing bet at this class. However, Mullins is one of those trainers — like Baffert and Mitchell — who defy the handicapping rules and win whenever they want.

I liked #6 Meat Sauce, who was coming off a long layoff, but the betting on him was luke warm. One of the risks you take when wagering on horses who have been healing up on the farm, is that whatever injury they had may prevent them from ever getting into the winner’s circle.

And in this race, Meat Sauce broke slow and pulled up on the backstretch at 5-to-1.

When Meat Sauce stopped running, I still had two other horses with a chance: second-timer #3 Atta Lora rallied nicely on the turn, but then flattened out in the lane at 6-to-1, and #14 Sure Nice showed speed until midway in the stretch then tired at 13-to-1.

Worth the Fight won by more than a length, but he steadied sharply on the backstretch, so with a better trip he could have crushed this field.
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1 1 Worth the Fight (MD) Garcia M Ayers R 6.70 1
2 2 Galaxy Way (CA) Arambula P Shulman S 65.50 8
3 3 Atta Lora (CA) Solis A Harrington P 6.40 4
4 4 She’s a Single (CA) Sorenson D Bernstein D 27.50 11
5 5 Anundeniablyhappy (KY) Gryder A Knapp S 36.50 10
6 6 Meat Sauce (CA) Rosario J West T 5.00 14
7 7 Tripped Fuse (FL) Baze M Glatt M 21.50 13
8 8 Jacky’s Skipping (CA) Quinonez A Cenicola L 56.00 7
9 9 Stop On the Way (CA) Valdivia, Jr. J Cassidy J 39.40 12
10 10 Crafty Starlit (NY) Stra K Zucker H 17.60 6
11 11 Leslie’s Afleet (FL) Smith M Cerin V 23.20 9
12 12 Parker’s Stormgirl (CA) Talamo J Puype M 1.70 3
13 13 Call Me Dutchess (CA) Nakatani C Vienna D 15.10 2
14 14 Sure Nice (CA) Delgadillo A Dunham D 13.20 5
SCR Celena (CA) Quinonez A Pender M
SCR Miss Reyna (KY) Garcia M Gonzalez S
Pgm Win Place Show
1 $15.40 $10.00 $6.60
13 $13.80 $7.80
12 $3.00
Exotic Payoffs
$1.00 Exacta paid $168.40 (1-13)
$1.00 Pick 3 paid $4216.60 (3-7-1)
$1.00 Pick 4 paid $13776.
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