He may not do everything right, but Comma to the Top keeps on winning for trainer Peter Miller and the ownership group of Gary Barber, Roger Birnbaum and Kevin Tsujihara. Despite staying on his left throughout, the 5-year-old gelding by Bwana Charlie scored a wire-to-wire victory in the Grade 3 Los Angeles Handicap under Edwin Maldonado on the Betfair Hollywood Park Memorial Day program, beating Centralintelligence and Camp Victory while never being seriously threatened. The margin of victory was 1 1/4 lengths.
Comma to the Top was winning for the 14th time in 31 career starts, and the LA 'Cap was his third victory from six starts this year. He's earned $1,283,406. Bred in Florida by Richard and Linda Thompson, Comma to the To covered the six furlongs on the Cushion Track synthetic surface in 1:09.11 after fractions of :22.37, :44.78, and 56.53.
EDWIN MALDONADO, COMMA TO THE TOP, Winner: “When we found out that (Fast Bullet) scratched, we almost knew we were going to win. We thought we had a good chance even if he stayed in because this horse likes to fight. I've seen him have competition before and come back on to win. He's just such an old pro.”
VICTOR ESPINOZA, CENTRALINTELIGENCE, Second; “It was a real good race for my horse. We were chasing the leader and I had a lot of horse, but it's tough when a horse of that quality gets an easy lead. I think he'll go better next time.”
JOE TALAMO, CAMP VICTORY, Third: “When (Fast Bullet) scratched, it really changed the whole race. I was kind of disappointed to see that, but my horse ran his race. He had a perfect trip and I think seven-eighths is his real distance.”
PETER MILLER, COMMA TO THE TOP, Winner; “I liked it when they put that first fraction up (:22.37 seconds). The track's dead today, but I figured 22 and change was good. He runs really well around the turn, so I felt really good. Now that we're focusing on sprint races we're kind of sharpening him up more than before. I believe we'll keep him sprinting the rest of the year and hopefully end up in the Breeders' Cup Sprint (Nov. 2 at Santa Anita).”
RON ELLIS, CENTRALINTELIGENCE (Second) and MAJESTIC CITY (Fourth): “Both my horses ran well. (Centralinteligence) took a step forward off of his last race, especially since there was no speed in the race, and Majestic City ran well too. I'm happy with both of their performances. Both may come back in the (Grade I, $250,000) Triple Bend (Handicap June 29).''
MIKE MITCHELL, CAMP VICTORY, Third: “I hated that (Fast Bullet) scratched. We've all seen what the winner can do when no one chases him. It didn't set for up for my horse and he needs more ground anyway. He needs seven furlongs. He'll go next in the race (Triple Bend) he won last year.''
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