Pleasantly Perfect's Nonios Outfinishes Liaison in GIII Affirmed H.
Sunday, Betfair Hollywood Park
, $100,000, BHP, 6-3, 3yo, 1 1/16m (AWT), 1:42 4/5, ft.
1--#@NONIOS, 116, c, 3, by Pleasantly Perfect 1st Dam: Stylish Manner, by Touch Gold
2nd Dam: Devil's Nell, by Devil's Bag
3rd Dam: Double's Nell, by Nodouble
($21,000 yrl '10 KEESEP; $73,000 2yo '11 OBSAPR). O-Green B Smith Jr; B-Hermitage Farm LLC (KY); T-Jerry Hollendorfer; J-Martin A Pedroza; $60,000. Lifetime Record: 4-3-0-1, $99,000. *1/2 to Super Robusto (Smoke Glacken), SP, $162,328; and City Cool (City Zip), SW, $165,078. Werk Nick Rating: B. Click for the eNicks report & 5-cross pedigree.
, 122, c, 3, Indian Charlie
--Galloping Gal, by Victory Gallop. ($290,000 yrl '10 KEESEP). O-Arnold Zetcher LLC; B-William A Carl Estate (KY); T-Bob Baffert; $20,000.
, 117, c, 3, Candy Ride (Arg)
--Spooky Minister, by Deputy Minister. O-Craig Stables & Donkey Island Racing LLC; B-Craig Family Trust (KY); T-John W Sadler; $12,000.
Margins: HF, 1 1/4, 1 1/4. Odds: 15.90, 1.00, 2.40.
Also Ran: Unusual Heatwave, Blingo, Gun Boat.
Scratched: American Act. Click for the brisnet.com chart, the brisnet.com PPs or the video, sponsored by Taylor Made Sales.
Off at odds much higher than his 6-1 morning line quote, lightly raced Nonios parlayed a ground-saving trip into a promising upset score over GI Kentucky Derby sixth-place finisher Liaison in his stakes debut. The dark bay opened his account with a 2 1/4-length debut success going six furlongs at Golden Gate Feb. 11, and more than just handled the stretch-out to a mile Mar. 10--he romped by six lengths with a 93 Beyer Speed Figure. The Jerry Hollendorfer trainee was third against older horses back in San Francisco Apr. 7, and was subsequently flattered by winner Hudson Landing (Maria's Mon), who returned to take the GIII San Franciso S. Apr. 28 before finishing a promoted second in the GIII Berkeley H. last Monday. Nonios had entered off a seven-furlong work in 1:24 2/5 over the Betfair Hollywood Park strip May 28.
Glued to the rail in third early as Gun Boat (Congrats) provided what little pace there was, Nonios came to the head of the lane with plenty of run, but nowhere to go. The tiring Gun Boat provided a bit more room as he dropped back, and Nonios was able to sidestep that rival and get the jump on Liaison, kicking on to the wire with ground-gobbling strides. "TDN Rising Star"
Holy Candy, who was well-held while back off the pace early, ran on late to complete the trifecta.