Roman Ruler 1/2 to Indian Blessing Wins GIII Los Angeles H.
Monday, Betfair Hollywood Park
LOS ANGELES H.-GIII
, $100,000, BHP, 5-28, 3yo/up, 6f (AWT), 1:08 2/5, ft.
1--#@ROMAN THREAT, 118, g, 4, by Roman Ruler 1st Dam: Shameful (SW & MGSP, $241,345), by Flying Chevron
2nd Dam: Lady's Legacy, by Matchlite
3rd Dam: Wavering Lady, by Wavering Monarch
O-Patti & Hal Earnhardt III; B-Hal Earnhardt III (KY); T-Bob Baffert; J-Rafael Bejarano; $60,000. Lifetime Record: 3-2-1-0, $123,600. *1/2 to Indian Blessing (Indian Charlie), Ch. 2yo Filly, Ch. Female Sprinter, MGISW, $2,595,420. Werk Nick Rating: A. Click for the eNicks report & 5-cross pedigree.
, 117, g, 4, Smarty Jones--Shootforthestars, by Seattle Slew. ($90,000 yrl '09 KEESEP). O-Amerman Racing Stables LLC, Bongo Racing Stable & Gary Finder, et al; B-Patricia L Chapman (KY); T-Ronald W Ellis; $20,000.
, 118, g, 5, Forest Camp--Victory Trick, by Clever Trick. ($90,000 2yo '09 OBSMAR; $39,000 RNA yrl '08 FTKJUL). O-Featherston, Jacobsen and Miller; B-Atkins Homes Inc (VA); T-Mike R Mitchell; $12,000.
Margins: 1 1/4, 1HF, 2 1/4. Odds: 0.90, 6.10, 5.40.
Also Ran: Rail Trip, M One Rifle, Sway Away, Dancing in Silks. Scratched: Don Tito. Click for the brisnet.com chart or the brisnet.com PPs. Video, sponsored by Taylor Made.
Roman Threat, a half-brother to champion Indian Blessing (Indian Charlie), announced himself as a serious player in the sprint division with this flashy win. The gelding made his belated debut going six furlongs over Santa Anita's dirt track Mar. 11 and paid $14 for those who backed him to a 1 1/4-length score. Bettors gave him more respect next time in the 6 1/2-furlong GII Potrero Grande S. against the likes of Amazombie (Northern Afleet), and he ran huge, setting :22, :43 4/5 and 1:07 4/5 splits before ultimately finishing second by 3/4 lengths to the reigning sprint champ. Given a bit of a breather, but firing bullets into this return to six panels, Roman Threat blasted out of the gate under Rafael Bejarano and carved out :22.35 and :44.81 fractions. The pressing Centralinteligence loomed a threat in upper stretch, but Patti and Hal Earnhardt's homebred wasn't for catching and reported home comfortably clear.