RACING ROUNDUP : Lively One Goes East, Easily Wins $100,000 Kensington
Favored Lively One, who had been facing some of the best handicap horses in Southern California, scored a two-length victory Sunday in the $100,000 Kensington Handicap for 3-year-olds and up.
The crowd of 16,346 wagered $3,671,433 on the 10-race program.
Trained by Hall of Famer Charlie Whittingham and ridden by Alex Solis, Lively One rallied from last in the five-horse field to secure the winner’s purse of $55,000. The paycheck pushed the 5-year-old’s bank account to $1,162,300.
Lively One was coming off fourth-place finishes in the $1-million Santa Anita Handicap and the $400,000 San Bernardino Handicap. Both of those races were won by Ruhlmann, a stablemate of Lively One.
Because of his record and the company he had been keeping, Lively One was assigned high weight of 124 pounds in the Kensington. Shouldering the top impost with no problem, Lively One ran very strongly down the stretch and completed the mile and an eighth in 1:47 35.
A prohibitive 1-2 choice, Lively One returned $3.00, $2.20 and $2.10. Stalwars, ridden by Ron Hansen, got up for second by a neck over Charlatan III and paid $2.60 and $2.20. Charlatan III, with Antonio Castanon aboard, paid $2.40 to show.
Owned by John Sikura, Lively One is a multiple stakes winner who has eight victories, seven seconds and five thirds in 30 starts.
“He’s a nice horse and he showed his class today,” Solis said of Lively One, who trailed by as many as 10 lengths early in the Kensington. “He (Whittingham) told me to just leave him alone the first part and then we’ll come running at the end.”
Glitterman opened a long lead at the home turn and held off favored Miami Slick by a neck to win the $54,400 Tamarack Handicap at Miami’s Calder Race Course Sunday.
Shuttleman was third in a field of seven in the six-furlong ninth race. Meanwhile, in the eighth race, a horrendous spill sent two riders to the hospital and forced a 4-year-old filly to be destroyed.
Glitterman, ridden by Heberto Castillo Jr., was timed at 1:11 45 and paid $6.80, $3 and $2.20. Miami Slick, the 6-5 choice, paid $2.60 and $2.20. Shuttleman paid $2.40 to show.
In the eighth race, Win With Glory was leading at the 16th pole when her leg shattered and she pitched Julio Felix to the turf.
Pach’s Blend then fell, dropping Louis Monte, and Leprechaun Lynn, ridden by Pedro Rodriguez, fell over Pach’s Blend. Rodriguez walked away from the accident, but Felix and Monte were taken to Hollywood Memorial Hospital, where officials refused to release any details about their condition.
Win With Glory had to be destroyed at the track.
The owner-trainer-jockey combination of Ogden Phipps, C. R. (Shug) McGaughey and Chris Antley completed a sweep of Aqueduct’s weekend stakes Sunday when Lay Down came from just off the pace to carry 112 pounds to a 1 1/4-length victory in the $168,300 Excelsior Handicap.
The same connections took Saturday’s Carter Handicap with Dancing Spree.
On Sunday, Lac Ouimet, who led into the stretch, held on to be runner-up in the five-horse field, three lengths ahead of Doc’s Leader. Chenin Blanc, the odds-on favorite, was fourth after fading in the stretch and Joker’s Farce was the trailer.
The victory was the first in four starts this year for the 6-year-old gelding by Spectacular Bid-Impish, who was timed in 2:02 1/5 in the 1 1/4 miles on the fast track to earn $100,980.
Lay Down returned $7.60, $4.60 and $5.60. Lac Ouimet paid $3.80 and $4.40, and Doc’s Leader was $9.40 to show.