Trainers Jerry Hollendorfer and Bob Baffert reversed finish positions from the Hollywood Starlet earlier in Saturday's card to the Bayakoa Handicap as Broken Sword, returning to Southern California after a 5 1/2 length win Nov. 10 at Golden Gate Fields, was never menaced in her first appearance in a graded race, easily handling the Baffert-trained Fiftyshadesofhay, the 11-10 favorite, and seven other fillies.
Ridden aggressively by jockey Joel Rosario, the 3-year-old daughter of Broken Vow and the Volksraad mare Katana quickly assumed control, set legitimate fractions (23.33, 46.53 and 1:11.42 for six furlongs) and won 4 1/4 lengths without feeling her companion's whip.
Owned by Mark DeDomenico LLC, George Todaro and Hollendorfer, Broken Sword ran the 1 1/16 miles over Cushion Track in 1:42.99 for her third win in eight starts. She's earned $156,660.
The victory was the second in a row and the third in four years in the Bayakoa for Hollendorfer. He won with Lady of Fifty in 2012 and Washington Bridge in 2010.
Never higher than 4-1 before Saturday, Broken Sword paid $17.80, $7.40 and $4.80.
“I ended up on an uncontested lead,'' said Hollendorfer. “I didn't think we'd be out there on an easy lead like that. I think (Fiftyshadesofhay) had some trouble at the break. That may have contributed to our win.
“When this filly broke her maiden, we thought she could be any kind of horse, then she didn't do what we wanted her to do right away. Now she is. Sometimes they just turn around.''
Fiftyshadesofhay, who didn't break alertly then was mired in traffic for a majority of the race, was a clear second, 5 1/2 lengths in front of 7-2 second choice Warren's Veneda, who lost for the first time in three races over Cushion Track.
Making her first start since finishing third at 2-5 in the Grade II Indiana Oaks Oct. 5 at Indiana Downs, Fiftyshadesofhay returned $2.80 and $2.40 while Warren's Veneda paid $3.20.
Champagneandcaviar, the longest shot in the field at 40-1, finished fourth, a head in front of Curvy Cat, who is also trained by Hollendorfer, while 2 1/4 lengths behind Warren's Veneda. Spellbound, Magic Union, Charm the Maker and Charlie Em completed the order of finish. Customer Base was scratched.
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