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With Distinction's Distinctiv Passion Wires San Pedro
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2nd at SAX$75K San Pedro S.  [6f]Winner: Distinctiv Passion, c, 3 by With Distinction

SAN PEDRO S., $75,460, SAX, 1-21, 3yo, 6f, 1:08 2/5, ft.
1--#DISTINCTIV PASSION, 118, c, 3, by With Distinction
1st Dam: Dance Forthe Green, by West by West
2nd Dam: Greenislandancer, by Greinton (GB)
3rd Dam: Guadalupe, by Sigebert (Fr)
($17,500 yrl '11 OBSJAN; $65,000 yrl '11 OBSAUG). O-Edward J Brown Jr, Alan Klein & Phillip Lebherz; B-Harold J Plumley (FL); T-Jeff Bonde; J-Edwin A Maldonado. $46,200. Lifetime Record:5-3-0-1, $120,600. *Full to Italo, SW, $108,700.

2--Hear the Ghost, 115, g, 3, Ghostzapper--Rehear, by Coronado's Quest. ($40,000 yrl '11 KEESEP). O-Halo Farms & Jerry Hollendorfer. $15,400.
3--Disarm, 115, g, 3, City Street--Detonate, by Salt Lake. O-Hronis Racing LLC. $9,240.
Margins: 1HF, 1 3/4, 6HF. Odds: 0.80, 3.60, 7.50.
Distinctiv Passion had the misfortune of running up against a talented pair of colts in his first two outings, but has since established a good reputation of his own with three straight victories. Third behind subsequent multiple Grade I-placed Capo Bastone (Street Boss) on debut at Del Mar Aug. 4, the dark bay return two weeks later over that strip to finish fourth behind next out black-type winner Tree of Life (Lion Heart). Sidelined for three months following that effort, Distinctiv Passion would not be denied upon his return at Betfair Hollywood Park Nov. 25, besting next out maiden winner Belvin (Empire Maker) and Manando (Bluegrass Cat), the third place finisher in the Jan. 5 GIII Sham S. Distinctiv Passion cleared his first allowance condition over this strip in his dirt debut Dec. 28, and was heavily favored in a short field to go three straight here. Taking up his usual front running position, Distinctiv Passion set swift fractions while maintaining a clear lead, kicked clear of his rivals in midstretch and held off a late charge from Hear the Ghost (Ghostzapper) to earn his first black-type victory. "When he got the break [from August to late November], he turned into a more mature horse," said trainer Jeff Bonde. "As Edwin [Maldonado] said today, ‘boy, this horse is really learning how to relax,’ where before, he wanted to just cut and run. He’s learning how to not fight the bridle and cut and run. He’s becoming a more patient horse. Our next hope is the [GII] San Vicente [Feb. 17], which is a seven furlong race." Click for the chart or Video replay.

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