American Pharoah Colt Breaks Maiden in Cinema

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A maiden facing winners in Sunday's $100,000 Cinema S. at Santa Anita, Hudson Ridge parlayed a stalking trip into a one-length defeat of favored Sword Zorro (Ire) (Zoffany {Ire}), becoming the 16th black-type winner for his Triple Crown-winning sire.

Forced to take some evasive action at the start when Jimmy Irish (Jimmy Creed) ducked out at the start, forcing Hubris (Paynter) out and into Hudson Ridge, the bay colt settled in third position of the quintet into the first turn and inherited second position when Hubris was pulled up and out of the race at the six-furlong maker. Clocking every move made up front by Jimmy Irish, Hudson Ridge crept closer under a hold, was sent into the lead passing the quarter pole and sprinted better than Sword Zorro for the victory. Stewards conducted an inquiry into the start, but the result was allowed to stand.

Hudson Ridge beat two home in his six-furlong debut over this course Feb. 6, before making belated progress to be fourth in a main-track maiden over a mile Mar. 5. Down one spot when wheeled back on 15 days' rest, he found late trouble in a similar spot May 1 and missed by a head while sharing the spoils for second.

Bred on the same cross as European GSW & G1SP Pista, Hudson Ridge is out of a Group 3-placed half-sister to MGSW & MGISP Diabolical (Artax) and MGSW/G1SP What a Name (Ire) (Mr. Greeley). Hudson Ridge's third dam is GISW Plenty of Grace (Roberto). Shell House is the dam of a 2-year-old colt by War Front, a yearling full-brother to Hudson Ridge and produced a colt by Justify Mar. 2. Click for the Equibase.com chart or VIDEO, sponsored by TVG.

CINEMA S., $98,500, Santa Anita, 5-23, 3yo, 1 1/8mT, 1:49.06, fm.
1–HUDSON RIDGE, 120, c, 3, by American Pharoah
1st Dam: Shell House (Ire) (GSP-Ire), by Galileo (Ire)
2nd Dam: Bonnie Byerly, by Dayjur
3rd Dam: Plenty of Grace, by Roberto
1ST BLACK-TYPE WIN. O-Double L Racing & Natalie J. Baffert;
B-Orpendale/Chelston/Wynatt (KY); T-Bob Baffert; J-Abel
Cedillo. $60,000. Lifetime Record: 5-1-1-0, $75,140.
2–Sword Zorro (Ire), 124, c, 3, Zoffany (Ire)–Sarawati (Ire), by
Haafhd (GB). (€165,000 Ylg '19 GOFOR). O-Yuesheng Zhang;
B-Pigeon Park Stud (IRE); T-John W. Sadler. $20,000.
3–Airman, 120, c, 3, Tonalist–Aconcagua, by Intikhab. O-John
M. B. O'Connor; B-Anastasie Astrid Christiansen-Croy (KY);
T-John A. Shirreffs. $12,000.
Margins: 1 1/4, 2 1/4, 2 3/4. Odds: 5.80, 1.90, 4.00.
Also Ran: Jimmy Irish, Hubris.

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