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Gourami Runs Down Party Leader in Stretch at Hollypark

Gourami, ridden by Patrick Valenzuela, trailed Party Leader most of the way and then responded strongly down the stretch to win the $40,000 feature race by a half-length Thursday at Hollywood Park.

Party Leader, with Gary Stevens in the saddle, finished second, another half-length in front of Prismatic, ridden by Eddie Delahoussaye.

Gourami ran the mile in 1:36 to win $22,000. Sent off the second choice by the 12,134 fans, Gourami paid $7.80, $3.40 and $2.20. Favored Party Leader returned $3.20 and $2.60, and Prismatic paid $2.80 to show.

Stevens lodged a claim of foul against Gourami for bearing in near the wire, but the stewards disallowed the protest.

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