Racing at Hollywood Park : Prized Stuns Sunday Silence in Swaps Stakes
Lightly raced Prized scored a major upset Sunday, coming well off the pace to defeat Kentucky Derby and Preakness winner Sunday Silence by 3/4 of a length in the $412,400 Swaps Stakes at Hollywood Park.
Sunday Silence opened a 4-length lead entering the stretch, but Prized and jockey Eddie Delahoussaye closed rapidly on the outside, catching the leader inside the eighth pole before drawing out to win.
The Swaps Stakes for 3-year-olds was the first race for Sunday Silence since he lost by 8 lengths to Easy Goer in the Belmont Stakes six weeks ago, thus failing to win the Triple Crown.
A Florida-bred son of Kris S., Prized raced 1 1/4 miles in 2:01 4/5. Sent off by the crowd of 27,000 as the second choice at odds of 5-1, he returned $12, $2.40 and $2.10.
Sunday Silence, the 1-5 favorite ridden by Pat Valenzuela, returned $2.10 and $2.10, while Endow, 10 lengths off the pace, paid $2.10 to show.
Prized, owned by a syndicate headed by Jamie Schloss of Beverly Hills earned $232,400 -- more than double his $111,965 in previous earnings after seven races. Sunday Silence won $80,000.
Prized’s only prior stakes victory was in the Bradbury Handicap at Santa Anita last March. In his previous three races, the colt had trouble, getting bumped twice and racing wide once.